There are things in life so wondrous that it is hard to believe we could overlook them, forget them or grow apathetic about them. Sadly, we sometimes do. Therefore, God has always provided us with reminders of our daily blessings, most often in the simple things. Israel serves as an illuminating example of thanklessness, and a lesson we can apply today.
Having stood on the brink of greatness at the gates of the Land of Milk and Honey, they chose poorly and were turned back into the wilderness to die. However, God provided for them daily. His care included a small coriander-seed like substance that tasted like honey-bread; they called it Manna (Exodus 16:31). So, every morning, as the beauty of God’s creation came to light, the people of God traversed the surrounding camp and gathered in God’s miracle-bread for the day’s sustenance. What a wonderful reminder of the greatness of God, His loving care and His desire that the life of a child of God be abundantly blessed.
It is an astonishing wonder that, with this continuous, sustaining blessing, God’s people would look upon manna not only as insufficient but also with disgust, as though God had not provided them with everything perfect, complete and fulfilling. So, they said, “our soul loathes this bread (Numbers 21:5). How could such a blessing become such a curse in their eyes?
We have some today, who miss the daily manifestations of God’s marvelous workings in His creation. The sun peaking over the horizon with the promise of another day in which to be blessed. The health we enjoy when others struggle with debilitating disease or the ravages of age. The fact that God has promised to take care of us in all circumstances, saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). How could such a multitude of blessings fall through the cracks of ingratitude unnoticed?
The remedy for such a thankless perspective is the constant reminder of the Source of all daily blessings. Faith is not static; if it is not growing, it is dying. The constant sense of gratitude is one part of a healthy faith that is continually nourished and sustained in God’s Word. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:3). A steady diet of the Bread of Life will reinforce our gratitude and remind us of our daily blessings.