Eat Your Wheaties!

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost- also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” - Numbers 11: 4-6

When the Israelites were on their way to the Promised Land they grumbled a lot. They were unhappy about the food God was providing them so they began to crave other food. They complained “Now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” When I read about their grumblings I am reminded of my own children’s laments about eating Cheerios. My kids have eaten them for several months straight. (I buy a bunch of boxes when they go on sale). Eventually they begin to crave other cereal and complain for something else. Why can’t they be happy? There is a spiritual lesson in this story. The fact of the matter is that God’s diet is not very diverse for growing in the faith. It’s a steady diet of worship, prayer, the sacraments, and study of the Word, both corporately and individually. Be encouraged, God’s diet is more than adequate to meet your spiritual hunger. Partake in his food and you will live!

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Created to Know Him

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. – John 1:14, 17-18

I have been thinking a lot lately about Deism and Atheism. Deism is the belief that God exists somewhere but He has not revealed Himself to us personally; therefore the best we can do is grope for the hidden One who cannot be known. Atheism is the belief that God does not exist at all. If these were the only two options available I would choose atheism because I believe that the height of cruelty would be for God to exist but yet not reveal Himself to us. That would be a terrible tease. Thankfully there is another possibility and it is the one I believe to be true. It is the belief that not only does God exist but He has also revealed Himself to us personally and intimately so that we may know Him. God created us and made us for the purpose of knowing Him. This truth is what makes the Christian doctrine of the incarnation so powerful. God has come down to us and revealed Himself to us in the God/man Jesus Christ. Because of God’s incarnation in Jesus we are not left groping in the darkness but rather we have seen the light and if we will pursue it we will know the One who has made us and for what purpose we have been made. Be encouraged. Look to Jesus.

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