Joshua 5:12 “The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.”
For forty years, the Lord fed the children of Israel manna from heaven. The day, the very day, they ate produce in the Promised Land, the manna stopped. I wonder how many of them went out the next morning looking for it. Even though they were probably tired of “manna stew” I bet they still looked for it for days.
God sustained them for forty years with manna. They would not soon forget that. What would the women do with all those manna recipes? But now it was time for real food. Can you imagine their gratitude for their awakening taste buds? The kids who had been born in the wilderness had only heard about this kind of food.
Try this experiment with your kids. Cook something for dinner they have NEVER had before. When they come to the table and ask what it is, tell them it is a surprise. After you coax them into eating it, tell them it is going to replace their favorite food. You will never cook their favorite food again. It’s gone forever.
After they quit crying (lol), read them this passage and explain that the kids back then may have felt the same way. Then you can tell them you were kidding about their favorite food. Making a verse personal can often make it stick in their minds.
Can you relate to this verse? Have you gotten so accustomed to the normal that you can’t appreciate the better stuff from God? Our “manna” may be okay, but God has so much more for us if we will just enter our “Promised Land.” He wants to bless us.