Posted by: springsinthedesert | October 14, 2009

The Manna Stopped….Why?

The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain.The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan.

         Joshua 5:11-12

The other day, I was looking back and pondering the ways through which God has directed me to start a devotional blog. It may not be a big thing in this technical era. But the ways  God trains you to fit you in His perfect will is just amazing. And I’m sure that God is going to lead me to new experiences that I have never gone before.

While I was reading the above verses from the book of Joshua, one thing just struck me real hard and raised a question in my heart. “The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land” and the question is “Why did manna stop?”

We read in the book of Exodus that God provided the Israelites with manna 6 days a week for 40 years. They did not have to toil for the food. Everyday morning, they had the privilege of having “the heavenly breakfast”. Three times a day , for 40 years they enjoyed heaven’s provision for them. Manna was filled with all the nutrients they needed for their travel in the wilderness. Since the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, there could have been generations, born in the desert. For them, cultivating or sowing the land for food was beyond imagination. They just got up in the morning, enjoyed God’s provision outside their tent. When the people entered into the promised land of Canaan and ate the food of the land, the next day, manna stopped. As usual they got up in the morning to gather the bread, and they saw that the provision is no longer available. In my imagination, they must have been in a panic. some might have enquired Joshua the reason behind it..”Is it because we sinned or murmured in any way?”. They have been so comfortable and complacent with the heavenly bread and could not think of a life without it.

Have you ever thought why the manna stopped? God never stops His provision or miracles for His people without providing them another. Manna was specifically designed by heaven for the wilderness. God knew that, since they were moving from camp to camp, they could not toil for food and He provided them with manna. But that was not a permanent solution for the Israelites. God wanted them to move to a higher level of maturity..ie canaan. It is totally different from the desert. It is a land flowing with milk and honey. It is a land of abundance. The challenges they need to face in Canaan is totally different from the challenges they had to face in the desert. Manna will not be sufficient for them in Canaan. So manna stopped.

God always wants His people to move forward in life. He never wants us to be comfortable in the same circumstances and experiences in life. If we stay stagnant in life, whether its spiritual or physical, we will not grow healthy. So He wants to take us to higher levels in life…from wilderness to Canaan. You will explore what Canaan is , only when the manna of wilderness is stopped. Let us take the example of Elijah. God asked him to go to the brook of Cherith and commanded the ravens to feed him day and night. Elijah was really comfortable there. But before , he being stagnant there, God dried up the brook and prevented the ravens and asked him to go to Zarephath. The time God dried up the brook, He also commanded a widow to provide for Elijah. We believe in a God who opens a door when another is closed. To avoid complacency, the manna stopped.

All the miracle that the people of Israel enjoys in the wilderness was totally different from the miracles they were about to face in Canaan. In the next chapter , we see that the wall of Jericho falls, only by the singing and praising of the people. That was just a beginning. In the later chapters, we see the victories Joshua and his people had with the help of God. So for all the victories ahead , the manna of wilderness had to be stopped.

In the same way, in our wilderness experiences, God gives us His heavenly provision. Sometimes, it can be through a sermon, through a devotional, through a friend or even directly from God. He sends us His mercy knowing that we need it the most in our wilderness. But remember that, manna is for a season. The provision that God gives you for Canaan is totally different. Dont be satisfied and comfortable with what you received so far. God has plans of moving you to Canaan. The challenges you need to face there is different. For that you need something new. And for that reason, manna need to be stopped. Do not question God’s provision when you see that manna is stopped. He has already planned and prepared for you in the land of Canaan. Remember God stopped manna the day after they ate the food of Canaan. So please do not panic when God’s dealing with you changes…Its not because His hands fall short to help you…but its because His hands plan something greater for you….To face the challenges and victoris of Canaan, the manna need to be stopped

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. God bless you Rani… I found this article while I was meditating on the reasons manna needed to stop. The same thing(s) the Holy Spirit was teaching me were what you poured out here… The Spirit of God is indeed universal. My heart is grateful sir… God keep you.

  2. God bless you Sir. I found this article when I was meditating. And it was exactly what d Holy Spirit was telling me that you poured out here… The Spirit of God is truly universal. Thank you.


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