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When Manna Stops Falling

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The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan. Joshua 5:12, NIV.

When the Israelites were delivered from Egypt they cried out to the LORD for sustenance. For the first time in scripture we read that God fed His people with angel food: manna, (Exodus 16:1–36). Manna, a food that fell from heaven, sustained God’s people everyday for forty years.

However, this scripture states that one day the manna ceased to fall.

Why?

We may look at this scripture and think, “God is no longer a provider.”

However, when we look a little closer it says, “they ate the produce of Canaan.”

There was a transition that is taking place in this scripture that was a long time coming. When they ate the corn of Canaan, it ended 40 years of dependence on God’s supernatural provision.

Manna was God’s gift to His people for their wilderness journey; however He is now providing for Israel with food from the Promised Land.

You may be going through a transitional period right now and things may look different. You may be asking, “why, God?” In those times look a little closer, God may be showing you that He is still a provider—or a healer—or a deliverer, but displaying His glory in a different way to demonstrate His power and to prove to you that He keeps His promises.

Entering into the promises that God has given to you will take some getting use to, I’m sure Israel was thankful for the food in Canaan, but missed the manna that they had grown accustomed to. Just remember—faith in God doesn’t make things easy, it make them possible. Continue to have faith in God’s promises.

Angela Overton

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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    Dodie Woolem

    FYI
    The word “manna” translates into “What is it?” It’s not really angel food.

  2. Angela Overton

    Dodie, thank you so much for your comment. It is from Psalm 78:24-25 that I made my statement that men ate angels food.

    Psalm 78:24-25 states “And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels’ food.”

    Manna may have it’s own definition, however, it was undeniably a substance that fell from heaven that sustained them. John 6:31 says, “Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”