Plain and Simple

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:3).

The Jewish nation wandered in the Sinai Peninsula 40 years. In all that time they never located an organic farm or one-stop grocery anywhere around. Instead, God fed them with manna. Manna looked like a little grayish-white seed. Every morning when the dew lifted, the ground was covered with manna, as fine as a frost (Exodus 16:14; Numbers 11:7). This bread from Heaven could even be cooked in many different ways (Exodus 16:4; Numbers 11:8).

Manna was plain and simple. Most of us would get tired of eating the same old thing every day, but the food God provided was more than sufficient to fully nourish the body of every single Israelite for 40 years! It was truly miraculous and meant to teach the people that God’s Word, plain and simple as it is, was enough to give them life and keep the alive.

Today, many people yearn and wander looking for a fresh, relevant word or new revelation from the Lord. They are convinced that the same old Bible isn’t enough for their modern needs. Yet the Bible says of itself:

All Scripture is given by inspiration [or the breath] of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God sustained Israel on manna for 40 years. Christian, God sustains your every spiritual need through the plain and simple Bible. There’s no spiritual nourishment elsewhere; anything you find elsewhere will only give you an upset tummy in the end!


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