Thursday, July 11, 2013

"The Provision Of The Word"

"And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat." Exodus16:15
When it comes to Christian disciplines, such as Bible reading, many look at this as a "work". They think that it is a work that Christians must do along with prayer and church attendance if they are going to be right with God. It is not something we do so that we can get a "brownie point" or part of a religious "check list" so that we will feel spiritual. Bible reading is not a religious work, it is a provision. It is not something the Lord "makes" us do, it is something He provides for us to have. 
When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, God provided them with manna (bread) every day. Collecting the manna could not be looked at as a religious obligation that they had to fulfill-- it was their provision. Had they not collected it they would have starved. 
God's Word is your provision. It is your spiritual bread. Collecting (reading) it each day is not the fulfillment of a religious duty-- it has been provided so you won't starve spiritually. When you see it in this way, (something you have to have, not something you have to do) then you will see the great necessity in taking time to read it every day and more often. 
Have a great day. Reading God's Word is not a work that we do, it is spiritual bread that the Lord has provided for us. Are you "collecting" it each day? 
For further reading:
Exodus 16
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