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“and forget not all his benefits: … Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;” – Psalms 103:2b,5

We begin life experiencing everything through our mouths. Ever watch an infant with a new toy? — straight to the mouth in a quest to know how it tastes, how it feels to the tongue.

God offers satisfaction for daily experience of life. We stop trying to fill a void and start enjoying what he continuously gives.

C.S.Lewis expressed it this way,

“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – Mere Christianity

— fritz@langgang.com

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“Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. [I am] the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.” – Jesus (John 6:35b, 49-50)

They all knew about manna — their ancestors were hungry and God nourished them with “bread” from heaven. It was God’s miracle through Moses, so different they called it, “Manna”, which literally means, “What is it?!”

When Jesus’ audience asked him for a miracle like Moses gave, he said he was the miracle itself.

Like manna was given by God to satisfy hunger, Jesus satisfies the gnawing hunger for something more. Unlike Moses’ manna which sustained a short while, eventually going stale, and breading worms, God’s true “living” bread is always fresh, satisfies for ever, and gives unending life.

Of course, they had problems with metaphors.

Sound Bite: Jesus is not the miracle worker, he is the miracle itself.
Prayer: Jesus, don’t just give me bread,
be my bread.

– fritz@langgang.com
See also: “What He Is, Not What He Does” – June 9, 2011

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“Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.” – Psalm 104:23

“Though we may not always understand the circumstances or hardships that we will face, our attitude should be one that says: ‘No matter what I am going through today, this work that I am in is a gift from God'” – Don Meyer1

“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

– fritz

1 – Elim Bible Institute’s Bell Tower, Spring 2009, Finding Satisfaction in Your Work, pg 10

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