If you’re wondering why the cover pic is a photo of some popcorn, that’s because I used popcorn for the manna in our Sunday School lesson a few weeks back… and it’s the only thing I could think to photograph for this blog post that’s kind of relevant! 🙂
While I was preparing to teach the lesson on the manna, I was thinking about the lessons I could draw out of it for myself, not just for the kids in my class. This brought up a few ideas that link into something I have been thinking about a lot recently, and that is mould (you will have to bear with me, it does at least sort of relate). Our stuff keeps going mouldy! I’ve lost several pairs of shoes to the stuff, as well as one of my favourite pillow cases, Sam’s guitar case, a bag, etc. It’s disgusting but it made me think of this quote:
Matthew 6: 19 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. 20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.
It’s easy to get obsessed with our possessions and getting more and more of them. I am always on ASOS looking for the next pair of shoes I can buy, but all of this mould has taught me a lesson. None of this stuff is going to last. You might have a huge rack of awesome shoes but next minute, they could be super mouldy… or as the quote says, stolen (if your thief is as crazy about shoes as you are). They’re temporary things that won’t last forever.
To relate it back to the manna – in Exodus 16:16, God told the people that each morning they were to go out and only gather enough manna for that day. If they gathered too much, it would breed worms and stink the next morning (verse 20). God was wanting to see if the people would follow His instructions (verse 4) but they also needed to trust in Him that he would continue to provide for them every day. As Matthew 6:34 says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself…”
We shouldn’t be focused on building up our wealth and depending on that, because it’s all stuff that is not going to last. God will take care of our daily needs and we just need to focus on the kingdom and building up our treasures in heaven because these are things that you can guarantee won’t go mouldy 🙂
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you – Matthew 6:33