Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Hidden Manna


I ran across this recently and felt it was worthy of comment. 

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna. . .  (Revelation 2:17)

What blessing are we to understand that the hidden manna represents?  We have to go back to our Old Testament knowledge for this.  Manna was of course the way the Lord fed the Israelites from day to day out in the wilderness for more than 40 years.  They were in a desolate enough place that without it they would have quickly starved. 

Therefore, the hidden manna can represent the unexpected daily spiritual blessings the Saints receive, blessings that keep them spiritually alive, even in situations where they might be expected to fall or become embittered.  Some people who have probably received this blessing might be couples who have testified they were comforted by the Spirit after the death of a child, or husband and wives reassured after the death of a spouse.  Things of that sort.  Likely there are other ways this is manifested at other tragic or difficult times. 

In the gospels, Christ teaches that He is the bread of life that was sent from heaven, so the hidden manna can also represent Him. Who knows how remembering the Savior gives spiritual nourishment to the hungry and weary soul, except the one who has experienced it?  I can testify that I’ve experienced it.  But to those who’ve never done it, this source of nourishment remains forever hidden.

Remember that part of the Lord’s prayer – “Give us this day our daily bread”?  Might it be talking about the hidden manna here?  Have you asked for your daily dose of revelation and comfort and peace you need to carry on today?  If not, take a few minutes and do it now.