The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. With the dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.
Israel was about to leave Egypt. Moses, the man of God, had warned them days before that they would need to depart quickly. In order to accomplish this, they took along dough made without yeast.
I’ve shared in the past that I like to get away now and then to hike and pray in the wilderness.
I’ve learned a lot of spiritual lessons along the way. It comes as no surprise that one of the most important hiking supplies is food. Thru-hikers walking the Appalachian Trail plan “food drops” to be waiting for them at strategic post offices along the route. This way they can easily resupply along the way.
One Friday night in a shelter, I met a young man who was out of food and money. This was a big problem for him even though he had a supply box waiting at a nearby post office. Ahead of him was a full day’s walk to the post office (which closed at noon on Saturday). This was compounded by the fact that this particular Monday was a holiday. That would be three days without food.
I happened to be at the end of the section I was hiking – so I was able to bless him with a ride to pick up his drop before the post office closed. Needless to say, he was very grateful.
That got me thinking of a spiritual application. The Word of God is our spiritual bread. There are many Christians who try to hike the road of life with only one or two meals a week.
So often we wonder why the obstacles of life take such a toll on us. We blame God and ask why it’s so hard to serve Him. All the while we live in spiritual starvation.
We need a constant diet of God’s Word if we’re to be victorious. In the same way that we can’t be healthy without nutritious food, we can’t live for God without a diet of His Word.
Please don’t neglect this vital nourishment.
Question: What do you do to keep well fed in the spirit?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013