Life in Abundance

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A Jar of Stale Bread

By Fylvia Fowler Kline 

Keep a two-quart jar of it . . . so they can see the bread I fed you in the wilderness. Exodus 16:32, The Message.

If you just got off a toast diet that you were on three times a day, for 40 years, I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to ever see toast again. You might even go all Atkins and give up carbs altogether. And toast art would be the last thing framed and displayed on your mantle.

Yet, after 40 years of only manna on the menu, God tells His people to store some manna in a two-quart jar and display it in a place of prominence so the grandchildren would not forget the manna stories. Personally, I really don’t think they needed pneumonic devices to remember 40 years of manna! But God knew better.

God knows how the human ego retells a story—how we love to give ourselves the credit, how we exaggerate our part and minimize the role of others. The manna in the jar was for future generations to know that God fed His children every day of the 40 years. It was not about having eaten manna, but about being fed by God. It was not about the pillars of cloud and fire, but about being protected by God. It was not about surviving the wilderness, but about being saved for the Promised Land.

The jar of manna was about God’s desire for every child of Israel to look at the jar and believe, without a doubt, that the God of the Exodus would be with them forever.

What’s in your two-quart jar that reminds you of God Everlasting?