In the face of difficult circumstances, we may at times wonder: Is God really for me?
Wilderness, Hunger And In Doubt
The Israelites also experienced this. They had quite recently been delivered from their 400 years of slavery in Egypt (!), but when they were hungry in the wilderness they assumed and complained that God had brought them out in order to kill them with hunger!
The Lord responded to their complaints with:
“Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” Exodus 16:4 NKJV
Behold The Bread
When the Israelites were unsure of God’s heart for them, God pointed them to the bread of heaven.
Likewise, when we are unsure of God’s heart for us, we are pointed to the Bread of heaven.
The message is, Look to Jesus. He is always the assurance that God is FOR YOU, no matter what kind of circumstance you face in life.
Why is that?
Jesus, The Bread of Life
Jesus is the Bread from heaven that would one day rain down “FOR YOU”. Jesus has already come down like refreshing rain to a thirsty and dry land. On the cross, He was crushed, like the grains are crushed to make flour. He was punched, like when kneading the dough. He was pierced and received stroke after stroke, like the dough being pierced and slashed before being set in the oven. He was under fiery judgment, like the bread is burned in the oven.
He is the Bread of Life Who gave Himself to nourish and love, to be life, endless supply and healing. FOR YOU.
In the face of difficult circumstances, let’s be reminded of this by partaking of Holy Communion. Lift up the bread. Look at the bread. And remember Jesus. Spend time with Him. Remember how in love FOR US, He took our beating, our judgment, our death, so that we may have His embrace, His Love, His blessing, His Life – forever. For Sure.