What’s Manna got to do with it?

Week 3

The past few weeks we’ve been working on an experiment. I’ve been sharing some devotional thoughts on anxiety. I’d love your feedback on the content. Let me know what you think.

Silence

Take 1-2 minutes to be in a place of silence and solitude. Last week I sent you a video on Centering Prayer, this week watch this video on another helpful way of praying called The Jesus Prayer. Spend some time praying this prayer to prepare you for God’s Word, and to prepare you to hear from God.

Scripture

Read Exodus 16: 16-20 Read this Scripture slowly, thinking and feeling every word and phrase. 

 

I’m a dad. Therefore, I’m really good at dad jokes. I told my daughter a really good one the other day. It goes like this, “How do you eat an elephant?” Give up? “One bite at a time.” At which my 6 year old rolled her eyes (6 going on 16).

So often we get intimidated by the bigness and vastness of life. And when all we see is the big picture, we can get paralyzed. We get paralyzed about parenting, about relationships, about our career and let our minds run away with us. That is when we need to pause and actually take it one day at a time. That is why the Manna principle is so important.

Manna Principle

Ed Welch is the one where I learned this principle from. When Israel was in the desert for 40 years, God provided them with this food called Manna. At first, they didn’t know what to do with it, but then they realized that they could crush it and make it into anything (like Manna waffles, manna pancakes, ba-manna bread). But they could only collect enough for that day. If they tried to take more than was allotted to them, it turned bad…real fast. God could have given them enough Manna for a lifetime, instead, he gave them just enough for the day. God was teaching His people to trust in HIM.

In the same way, God only gives us enough peace for the day. And God is teaching us to look to Him. To let Him give you the peace you need to get through today. Sometimes you can only have enough peace to get through the hour, and then God comes to make Himself available to you for more peace. Everyday, God wants to bring you back to Himself, to be the source of your peace.  

This things that worry you, the fears that seek to rule you, often center around the future. Anxiety wants to push you out of the moment and into the future. But God’s peace wants to meet you in the moment, so take time today, to STOP your thoughts from running away with you and instead let Jesus meet you in each and every moment of each and every day. He’ll give you enough peace to last throughout the day.

Reflection Question

What causes you anxiety? Does knowing that God’s peace comes in daily doses remind you to return to Him? How can you start to receive the peace of God that comes in each and every moment?

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”~Leo Buscaglia

Finish with Silence

1-2 Minutes of Silence      

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4 Comments

  1. I had never thought about getting enough peace for a day since the Prince of Peace abides within. It seems there is no running out of peace almost all the time. It seems to have no beginning and end. I recently went through a period of his peace being challenged and was troubled about it due to the circumstances but didn’t see it as ‘running out’ but more as being robbed. Fortunately I returned to his dwelling place where peace is the default.

    • Hey Edna! That is absolutely true. We have access to the Prince of Peace all the time. But I think when people experience anxiety it can get overwhelming. They need the Prince of Peace in that moment, then the next, and the next and the next. It’s learning to walk in the spirit moment by moment, in complete dependence on Christ.

  2. This came at the right time as i have been struggling with worry and anxiety with this new job God has blessed me with. And i should be excites but my mind is thinking how will i manage with the kids? Will i be good at it? What if i make a mistake? The list goes on. But understanding that God doesnt want us to worry about basically whats not in our control but to trust Him and to feel His peace and to take things one day at a time is the key. Its not easy, but i am working on having that faith. The videos are also very helpful as i havent heard of centering prayer or the Jesus prayer before.

    • Hey Ida, Thanks for the feedback. I’m trying some new and different things on the blog, so your input is awesome. Praying that God gives you the strength in the midst of anxiety as you take more ground for the kingdom.

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