Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Bread of Life

"If the devil cannot make us bad, 
he will make us busy."
 ~Corrie ten Boom

Today's passages are Exodus 16:3-8Micah 5:2-5aJohn 6:41, and John 6:48-58

Oh, little town of Bethlehem. From such humble beginnings our Savior was born. A normally quiet, sleepy little town was overcome with the hustle and bustle that came with a huge influx of people for the census. We've all heard the story. We've seen it in the Christmas pageants. "There's no room at the Inn", the Innkeeper always says. Everyone talks about the innkeeper turning away a pregnant woman like he was some sort of monster. But here's what I think: he wasn't angry, he wasn't hateful, he was just overwhelmed. He had more on his plate than he could handle, and he was just trying to keep up with the demands of the day. I think, for him, he was just didn't have the capacity to look up and notice (much less accommodate) this expectant family.

Don't we do that, dear friends? Aren't we doing that right now? We're so busy with the parties and the decorations and the baking and the hors d'oeurves and the wrapping and the shopping… 


There's no room to accommodate Christ in our hearts because they're already too full. Like the innkeeper, we're not exactly hostile to Christ, and we're not choosing to turn Him away, we're just preoccupied.

Did you know that Bethlehem means "house of bread?" How cool is that? All throughout scripture, God uses bread to symbolize sustenance. He brought down bread {manna} from heaven to feed the physical hunger of the Israelites, and He brought down the bread of life {Jesus} from heaven to feed the spiritual hunger of the world.

When I read about these Israelites complaining to Moses… I can't even finish that sentence. They actually thought they were better off in the bondage of Egypt or better off dead than they would be to be free. Let that sink in for a second. They actually thought they were better off enslaved. These were the same people that watched all the seven plagues and walked through the Red Sea. The first sign of hunger made them forget about the power of their great God that worked many miracles to set them free.

Don't we do that? I do. I get so caught up in the little stuff that bugs me-- hectic schedules, lunch packing, wifi problems, rising grocery prices, my DVR failing to consistently record my favorite shows, laundry piles, and other trivial things get in my way of seeing the big picture. I can easily become enslaved to the ways of this world rather than the freedom I have in Jesus.

I don't have to wonder around in the wilderness starving, and I. CAN. STILL. MISS. IT.

BUT! I have the spiritual nourishment of a Savior readily available to me at all times. He's always available to me, and He's always ready for you too! His Word is perfectly portioned manna for your soul.

I pray, dear ones, that we have hearts that hunger for only Him… Only Jesus.

Ideas to think about:
  1. What are you getting caught up in that is preventing you from seeing God's work in your life?
  2. Do you think it's better to take things off your plate, or add God to it?
  3. Think of 3 ways God has moved in big ways in your life, and thank Him for them.

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