Journey Group Devotional, 9/25/15
“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness…” John 8:31
Unwilling to believe Jesus, the Jews asked Jesus for another sign and with their request, brought up the manna God had provided for their ancestors in the wilderness.
Exodus 16 records God’s provision of manna from above. When it first appeared, the Hebrews didn’t know what it was and called it “manna”, which literally means “What?” Gathering it was an act of faith but it sustained them for the entire 40 years of their wandering in the wilderness. The whole event points to Christ, the Bread of Life, who came down from heaven to offer hope to a world perishing in sin.
In 1926, B.B. McKinney wrote the lyrics to a hymn, Satisfied With Jesus. The words he wrote reflect his personal testimony:
Verse 1: I am satisfied with Jesus, He has done so much for me: He has suffered to redeem me, He has died to set me free.
Just like the Jews of Jesus’ day, people are spiritually hungry for something but do not know what it is. That’s where we come in. Having received the Bread of Life, we now have a responsibility of sharing it with others. As ambassadors of Christ we have been entrusted with the ministry and message of reconciliation. The Bread of Life is our manna from heaven. And it’s not a What? It is a Who!
Verse 3: I can hear the voice of Jesus, Calling out so pleadingly, “Go and win the lost and straying”; Is He satisfied with me?
If you’ve received the Bread of Life, you have Bread to share. We all know someone needing Bread, so pray first that God would open their eyes to their need and His provision. Then pray for God to open a door to share bread. Finally, pray for boldness. Imitate the Apostle Paul and enlist others to pray for you to have the boldness you need (see Ephesians 6:18-20). And be joyful! These are prayers our Father has promised to answer! Mother Theresa once said, One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
Chorus: I am satisfied, I am satisfied, I am satisfied with Jesus, But the question comes to me, As I think of Calvary, Is my Master satisfied with me?
And rest assured, the answer to that closing quesiton is a resounding, YES! Romans 5:8 is just one place we find that answer:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Satisfied With Jesus, B.B. McKinney © 1926. Renewed 1953 Broadman Press. All rights reserved.