I used to be confused how the children of Israel complained about manna. Free dinner for 40 years! sounded awesome to me. But my world flip flopped when I realized that D Todd Christofferson said his manna was a “personal economic challenge” that wouldn’t leave. What? That was not the free meal I had thought it was.
Manna was given to remind the children of Israel to remember their reliance on Jehovah every day. I realized that I was all too familiar with the children of Israel’s reaction. When I could properly identify the “mana like” situations in my life, I realized I murmured too. So divorce, death, a bad marriage, abuse, addiction or an ongoing financial burden are manna?
Well Yes! if we allow them to bring us unto Christ. If we take our daily bread, manna, and say what do you want me to learn or become today? If we come unto Christ the kingdom of heaven is ours. It goes with Elder Uchtdorf’s talk about not being grateful for things but in things. Also Elder Bednars address about loads bringing us enough spiritual traction to get where we need to go.
I have been part of the church’s addiction recovery program for six years now. Every week I hear stories of people’s manna and how the Savior is helping them overcome. It’s like witnessing the atonement every week. I literally hear and see the enabling power of the atonement. I witness their daily bread getting them to where the Lord needs them to be.
On this post I am going to let Elder Christofferson have the last word… I like his summary and fully agree.
“Though I suffered then, as I look back now, I am grateful that there was not a quick solution to my problem. The fact that I was forced to turn to God for help almost daily over an extended period of years taught me truly how to pray and get answers to prayer and taught me in a very practical way to have faith in God. I came to know my Savior and my Heavenly Father in a way and to a degree that might not have happened otherwise or that might have taken me much longer to achieve. I learned that daily bread is a precious commodity. I learned that manna today can be as real as the physical manna of biblical history. I learned to trust in the Lord with all my heart. I learned to walk with Him day by day.”
Thoughts from an address
“Give us This Day our Daily Bread” D Todd Christofferson BYU Speeches