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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thankful on the twenty-fourth of November

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I am thankful for the increasing information that is becoming available to those with special dietary needs. I am thankful that public awareness of gluten intolerance (and other conditions) is growing. I am thankful that, though I must be careful what I eat, the food I put in my mouth is not my only source of sustenance.

I love God’s Word; though bread is a commonly treated theme, the pages of Scripture are naturally gluten free. :)

In the early chapters of Deuteronomy, we find that the sons of Israel were about to finally enter the Promised Land. Their forty-year tour in the wilderness had been difficult and in chapter six God was explaining through Moses His purpose for that time.

He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD (Deuteronomy 8:3).

I suspect manna was the most nutritionally-complete and well-tolerated food there ever was this side of Genesis chapter three. In spite of this, the people had a huge pity party and pined for the fresh fruits and vegetables of Egypt; they also wanted a nice, juicy steak (see Numbers 11). The history surrounding that is worth a look, but God’s reason behind it—and everything else that happened to them—is seen in the Deuteronomy 8 verse above. He humbled; He allowed hunger; He provided manna; He did this to help them to understand that it all pales in comparison to the need of His people to humbly approach the Word of God and receive the spiritual nutrition that He provides there.

Beloved of God, this is our meat and drink. This is our bread and wine. Through the Word of God, we can keep our focus on Who we have and not on what we lack.

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