Then the Lord said to Moses, “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. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. (Exodus 16:4-5)
In response to the people’s complaint about the lack of food, the Creator told them that He would cause heavenly bread to rain upon them. They would be given enough for their daily needs and would gather each day except on the seventh day. That meant that on the sixth day, they would be able to gather a double portion. All of this was to reveal whether or not they had a heart to obey His law or not. Years later, Moses told those who were going into the land:
“And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3)
According to Moses, God allowed His people to experience hunger (the Hebrew word literally means “famine”) and be humbled in order to learn something. That which they were to learn was the thing you think you need is not what you need the most. In the midst of their hunger, He gave them physical bread to teach them of the need for spiritual bread –- the Word. Likewise, God will allow us to experience certain situations in order to see if we’re still going to obey and desire His Word above any temporal desire or need. In the end, we must all come to the conclusion that, more than anything, we need the Word of God in our lives because it is the source of life, abundance and peace.
Blessings and Shalom,