And the Manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year (Joshua 5:12 KJV)
Israel spent 40 years in the desert after leaving Egypt to the promised land. During this time, the Lord supernaturally provided food for them every single day without fail, except on the sabbath. Think about this astonishing miracle that had become their normal life. However, something remarkable occurred when the Israelites finally stepped into the promised land. Manna stopped the day after they first ate the fruit of the land. What a lesson for us!
Manna was supernatural, miraculous provisions. It was a temporary measure. It was not God’s best for them. They were in a crisis period in the desert and they lived by miracles day after day. When they needed food, a miracle took place daily. Is this not a wonderful thing? Yes, it is, but it was not God’s best. When they entered the promised land that flowed with milk and honey, the Manna stopped. The Lord took them from daily miracles to living in the blessing!
It is one thing for God to show up and give you the money you need every time you are in need. It is a miracle. It is wonderful, like Manna. It is another thing when your storehouses are full, and you do not even have any needs for God to meet! That is the blessing of the promised land. It is one thing to experience God’s presence when some great man or woman of God comes to your Church during that service or meeting. It is like Manna. It is another thing altogether when you live daily in God’s presence and glory.
Many believers today are like the Israelites in the desert. They are living on Manna, and they think that in God’s best. The Lord is telling us to move from Manna to the fruit of the promised land, from intermittent miracles to living in the blessing of His presence and power!
Have you tasted the fruit of the promised land yet or are you still excited about Manna?
APPLY THE WORD
There are different levels with God. Manna is for beginners and the promised land is for the mature. Move from Manna to the fruits of the land. Know that there are better things for your relationship with the Lord, health, family, ministry, finances, etc. Manna is good, but it is only for a season. Do not built your camp around Manna! Move on to the promised land. Keep pressing unto the Lord.
Ask the Father to help you not to enjoy the sweetness of Manna and forget that there are better things ahead!