An unbelievable gracious God
Psalm 78: 23-29 (NRSVA)
23 Yet he commanded the skies above,
and opened the doors of heaven;
24 he rained down on them manna to eat,
and gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
he sent them food in abundance.
26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
27 he rained flesh upon them like dust,
winged birds like the sand of the seas;
28 he let them fall within their camp,
all around their dwellings.
29 And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.
The advice from today’s reading in the psalm is to make sure we recall the stories of God’s provision and kindness and share them with the younger generations in our families. We can take so much for granted that we omit to acknowledge the hand of God in bringing about good things in our lives. Just recently one of my granddaughters asked me, “How you first met granny”. It caused me to think how much my life has been blessed and nurtured by the love of Martha. I was able to tell her the story of how we first met and to help her begin to see how God can allow great and wonderful things to happen and be worked out in our lives and the lives of others.
God is not out to spoil our lives. We cannot live on what we feel and see — bread alone. We need the bread of life. ‘Bread of Heaven’. This can be expressed in the wealth of our creative imaginations, beauty, poetry, song and dance. But above all the ‘Bread of Heaven’ can be found in those relationships of love, joy and peace, which ultimately find their source in God our Father. He is the maker and giver of daily and heavenly manna. Have a listen to ‘Memories’ sung by Ian Paget.
I will never stop telling
Your Kingdom stories to those who will listen
Help me to remember them
And tell them with conviction and joy
The stories that speak of
And your provision
For all our needs
The more I think
The more I recall
The more I recall
The more I realise
That I’m truly blessed.
Indeed we are all wonderfully blessed.