Today’s lesson in One in a Million is a bit longer than previous lessons. Half-way through the lesson I realize that I’m fasting for a blood sugar test this morning, and the entire lesson is centered on food. Challenging does not describe my feelings as I salivate and visualize the foods Priscilla Shirer is writing about. Quickly my attention turns back to God, the focus of my study. In today’s lesson, Priscilla presents the contrast between Egypt’s food and God’s gift of manna.
In our lesson, Priscilla writes on page 22 “far too many Christians turn away from the narrow road of abundant living to temporarily enjoy the Enemy’s worldly variety.” These words made me think about “variety living” as an American Mom in a modern Babylon. My life is flowing with choices….television shows, artisan coffee drinks, travel options, fashion choices, music, books….you name it, I have variety. If desired, I could even change the color of my eyes with tinted contact lenses. WOW! If abundant living is a narrow road….why is my road so wide? Who decided that wider roads are better for me than a narrow path. I’m still contemplating this concept.
Priscilla also says “the simplicity and singleness of manna in the wilderness symbolized the Christ who was to come.” Have you ever fasted? Maybe you fasted as a religious practice, a requirement or suggestion from your church. What if you fasted like Jesus. Instead of the liquid fast, the no sugar fast, the modified fast…what if you ate like Jesus. Suppose you only ate the foods Jesus would eat. Preparing your meal, you look at your food through the eyes of Christ. What would Jesus see on his plate? Use your imagination….figs, goat cheese, bread, wine. Or investigate through the scripture passages for specific foods. Prepare your meal…and eat like Jesus would eat.
When I fasted like Jesus for 40 days, I saw my food with new vision. In the beginning, I hated goat cheese and after 40 days, I became creative with it. Using a flat round cracker, I spread goat cheese on the cracker and covered it with trail mix! I suppose Jesus would eat raisins and nuts, so I placed it on the cracker and made it part of my evening meal. I knew he drank red wine, so I poured a single glass and slowly ate the cracker with the red wine. He’d probably eat apples…I think…so I ate them too. The accuracy of the fast was less important to me than the purpose of the fast: to see my meal through the eyes of Christ. Eating the same foods, 40 days, without boasting (Matthew 6:16-19) and without complaint. I replaced the “WWJD” with “WWJE” What Would Jesus Eat. It was not a promise for a Lenten ritual, it was an experience of Living the Word. When the fast ended, I found myself unable to eat “Babylonian” food and large portions. In fact, when I returned to my American diet, my blood sugar went wild….hence the hypoglycemia episode and resulting doctor appointment later today.
Father I thank you for blessing our lives with your living Word. Your beauty shines in our hearts, as we continue to learn and grow in our walk of faith. Cover us with your continued blessings as we read our Bibles. In Jesus name we pray.
Priscilla Shirer Quotes
- We can enjoy true spiritual freedom only when we commit to accepting the pure, daily dread God provides.
- Heaven’s manna was God’s miraculous potion given to the children of Israel, not to bore them but to show them a new dimension of Him.
Today’s Scripture Verses (NASB)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. John 6:35
He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them food from heaven. Psalm 78:24
As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams. Daniel 1:17
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84:2
Please share any thoughts you have about today’s lesson.