FOR THURSDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Joshua 5:10-12
“The day after that, the manna stopped. The people of Israel never had manna again. That year they began to eat the crops that grew in Canaan.” (Joshua 5:12; GOD’S WORD Translation)
Manna was the supernatural miracle food that God provided freely to the people of Israel while they wandered in the wilderness. During the time when the people could not save nor sustain themselves, God fully supplied what they needed. Now in the Promised Land, the manna stopped appearing. Yet they did not quit eating. They kept surviving in working with God for their food which came from “the crops that grew in Canaan”.
Peterson recommends that we always “remember the manna – everything God has freely given you – with gratitude”. Then he reminds us to use all that God has given us in our ministry. “You’re going to find a lot of ways, even this week, to start using it – saying something to encourage people, helping people, lending a hand to those in need, praying for people” [Conversations, p. 312].
We are saved and sustained in life so that we may offer love to others in God’s name.
PRAYER: Gracious God, freely You have provide all we need for this day. Lead us to use all this to faithfully minister to others in love. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2014 by Steven W. Manskar]