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Summary: Jesus meets all human needs. The little that you have is enough for a miracle.He still has victories coming your way because he has called not to pauper you but to prosper you.

The bread of Life,

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Introduction: Do you know that humans can survive by eating just one food for long periods of time? It is the simple bread which contains almost all nutrients needed for the human body. The bread is called ‘the staff of life’ and people make it different ways.

Joke: Once an Englishman came to India and he goes to Punjab to have a feel of a rural village. After some time he became hungry and saw a lady making food on the roadside. She gave him a thick flat roti with lots of cooked vegetables on it. The man eats the entire vegetables, washes his hands, and returns the roti saying, ‘Mam, here is your plate.’

In the Bible God provided bread from heaven in the form of manna which sustained lives in the wilderness. On two occasions Jesus miraculously provided bread for his followers. Jesus then went on to call himself ‘bread from heaven.’

Let’s start from Exodus 16. A month has passed since Israel left Egypt. Water had already been a problem and God made bitter waters sweet. Now they ran out of a meal or two. When food got short the Israelites grumbled and complained. Some people when faced with difficulties and problems give in to despair, complain, and grumble. You see, complaining does not solve any problem.

Joke: I once heard of a farmer who had a complaining wife. From morning till night she would complain about something or the other. The only time he got relief was when he went to the farm with his donkey. One day as he was plowing, his wife brought him lunch. He put the donkey on the shade of a tree and began to have his lunch. Immediately, his wife began her complaining. All of a sudden the donkey lashed out with both hind feet, hit her, and killed her on the spot.

At the funeral, the pastor noticed something odd. When women would come, the farmer would listen for a minute, nod his head in agreement, but when men approached him, he would listen for a minute and shook his head in disagreement. This was so consistent that the pastor decided to ask him about it. After the burial the pastor asked him as to why he nodded his head in agreement to the women but always shook his head in disagreement with all men. The farmer said, “The women would come up and says something nice about my wife – how she cooked, how good she was and so on. I’d nod my head in agreement.” And what about the men the pastor asked. The men knew that the donkey killed my wife and all they wanted to know was if my donkey was for sale.

Grumbling is a contagious problem. Once someone complained, it spread the entire camp and everyone except Moses and Aaron complained.

What did God do? Exodus 16:11-12 11 The LORD said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’”

Where God guides, He provides; and where He leads, He feeds! Even if it is a wilderness, God will feed. He didn’t bring the Israelites this far to starve them. He has a plan for them and he will provide for them.

Maybe you are thinking about the shortages in your life – Shortage in salary, you do not have enough money for the basic necessities of life, your peace is short-lived, you have lost your joy. God is not limited by the economy; he is not limited by the medical report, God is not limited by your circumstances. Look at the Israelites. God provided for them when they were over the mountain, right in the depth of the valleys, even through a sea, in the desert, and around the wilderness. Whatever God promises, He will do. He will meet your need along your way wherever you are in life only if you follow Him. Even if today you are going through the wilderness experience; maybe you lost your job, your business, if you just follow him, you will see provisions of God right where you are.

But the people didn’t believe it, and returned to their complaining. They were ready to go back to the slave camps of Egypt. Psalms 78:19 They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? Listen, each time they complain and grumble, God did not punish them; God worked a miracle on their behalf. Are they taking advantage of God’s mercy? I don’t know but I know that God is the same in my life; even when I have complained, grumbled, and not trusted in Him, God has provided for me. In spite of all their shortcomings God provided for them.

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