“But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.”
The verse above is sadly a great commentary of the life of many believers. The children of Israel complained about the manna they received from God, and instead, they wanted God to give them meat to eat. It is incredible how quickly these people forgot about the first time God gave them manna from Heaven. The first time they saw it, they gathered more than God told them to gather, and now they are complaining about the very blessings they wanted so badly at first. They said, “But now our soul is dried away…” The only reason their soul was dried away was because they let the newness wear out instead of keeping it new every day.
One of the greatest hindrances to the LORD’s work is God’s people getting used to the newness of God’s blessings. Many churches longed for a pastor who would lead them to growth and souls being saved and baptized, but when they see this every week, they begin to complain about how hard the pastor is on them. Many believers want God to use them in a ministry, and then He does, but then they get used to the ministry God gives them and want something bigger. Many pastors were excited about preaching behind a pulpit every week who have gotten used to the blessing of being able to preach to God’s people. Many ladies wanted a husband who was used of God, and when God blessed them with this husband they complained about how busy he is. We could go on with many illustrations about people who let the newness of the blessings wear out. How do we keep the newness of God’s blessings new?
First, don’t forget the first time. Preacher, before you let the pulpit get too small for you, remember the first time you had to preach and it won’t matter how big or small the crowd is when you preach. Church, remember the first time you saw people getting saved and baptized every week, and you will find that you can keep the continued blessings of God new every time you see someone saved and baptized. Christian, remember how excited you were the first time your pastor gave you the ministry you have, and you can keep that ministry from getting old. One of the great secrets to keeping God’s blessings new is to go back to the excitement you had the first time you got those blessings, and you can keep that excitement alive.
Second, don’t forget the newness of the present blessings. What Israel forgot was that the manna was new every morning. In other words, they were getting new blessings every day, but they forgot that God’s blessings were new because of Him continuing to give them what they had yesterday. Never forget that when God continues His blessings that they are new every time He continues them. The blessings that you consider old are actually new every time you get them. You could keep God’s blessings fresh and exciting if you remembered the newness of them every time He chooses to continue them.
Finally, continue to work hard to keep those blessings coming. Once you lose God’s continued blessings, you will wish that you had not complained about them. Don’t let the constancy of God’s blessings cause you to let up because you want something “new.” Rejoice in getting God’s blessings every day, and keep working as if you never had them, and the newness of God’s continued blessings will stay fresh.