He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV).
God led the children of Israel into the wilderness, so they couldn’t survive on their own, and He humbled them so that they might exalt Him and call out to Him. God fed them with manna, so they wouldn’t be proud but would be totally dependent on Him.
Our unseen Friend sustained the Israelites in the form of manna. For us, He speaks to us in the bread of the Word of God. It’s interesting to note that God instructed Moses to tell the people to gather only enough manna for one day, no more (see Exod. 16:19-21). In the same way, we can’t live off of what we hear preached on Sunday. We have to live off of what we get for ourselves every day. You have to dig around in the Bible every day. You can’t depend on your pastor to feed you. Every morning you need to get up and search the Scriptures. We have to hunger for the Word of God, devour the Scriptures, and study to show ourselves approved. We are called to feast on the Word of God every day. This is the message of the manna: we must daily seek our unseen Friend in the Bible.
Have you seen Him in your Bible? The Bible is not a book of rules and regulations, a how to instruction manual, or a prosperity guide. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself. John 1:14 says that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….” Our unseen Friend lives in this holy book. The natural man doesn’t understand it, because the Bible is spiritually discerned (see 1 Cor. 2:14). You need a touch from God. He wants to open your eyes and feed you His manna, just as He daily fed the children of Israel in the wilderness. The people weren’t really happy about the manna every day, even though it was a miracle (see Num 11:4-6). Many people today don’t like to get up and read the Bible for themselves every day. However, if you do, you will have a daily miracle just like the Israelites. Your invisible Friend will meet with you. If the Israelites tried to get enough food for two days, the manna would begin to stink and be filled with worms (see Exod. 16:20). You can’t live on the revelation that you got yesterday. It doesn’t work that way. Our God is a now God. This unseen Friend wants to walk with you every step of every day. He is right here, nearer than you can imagine. He is closer than your skin. Go ahead, open up your Bible, you may be surprised at what you find.