Unspeakable Joy Devotional

May 23rd

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Why We Need Jesus Every Day. “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

Not a day goes by that we are not in need of God’s grace and mercy. Every morning we need His Spirit to fill us again, to strengthen us for what’s ahead. Every day we need a fresh word that He speaks to our hearts, that keeps our focus on what’s most important. Trying to run the race of life without Him, will do nothing but drain us dry.

The people of Israel spent 40 years in the desert. Wandering in circles. Times were intense, hot, dry. God met them where they were. He made sure they had what they needed. They learned through every hard and grueling step, how much they had to rely on Him.

They were hungry, and God sent manna. Every day a miracle was there, right before their eyes, they just had to pick it up. “When the dew was gone, think flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent’.” The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed. Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” Exodus 16:14-19

They couldn’t store it up, they gathered it up fresh every morning. They had to look for it daily. And God always provided. Every day He made sure their need was met and they were satisfied and nourished. That’s what He does for us every single morning. Sometimes we miss it, out of busyness or stress. We try to get things done too fast, spinning wildly, trying to get it all done, and sometimes we might start to forget what matters most.

Every day, His miracles are all around, right before our eyes. We just have to choose to look for them, to pick up His provision, and stay close to His Presence.

Jesus is our Bread of Life. He promises that we can come to Him, and pick up with words, spend time first with Him, and allow His truths to nourish our spirits and lives, we will be satisfied. (D McDaniel)

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