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Devotional - week of January 29, 2006


HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR MANGER?

 

The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand."  Isaiah 1:3 (NIV)

 

Isaiah is illustrating Israel’s distance from God by comparing them to animals—the oxen and the donkey are smarter than the Israelites. The oxen knows his master and the donkey knows where his manger is. He goes on with his comparison to say that the Israelites do not know their master nor do they understand.  

 

A master cares for the oxen. The manger is the place for feeding. The Israelites were living without looking to the Lord God for His care. They were not aware they were in need of spiritual food.

 

Have we found our manger where we will feast on solid food?

 

In 1 Corinthians 3:1-2, Paul tells his readers that he must give them milk which is for the carnal believer, but food is for the solid spiritual believer. Paul means that solid food is for those who are experiencing their union with Christ, and they are filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

In John 6:35 Jesus declared:

 

"…I am the bread of life."

 

In Samaria the disciples left Jesus at Jacob’s well while they went into the city to get food. While they were gone, Jesus spoke with the woman at the well and she believed in Him. When the disciples returned to Jesus with the food, He was no longer hungry. They did not understand why. Then He explained to them:

 

"I have meat to eat that ye know not of ... My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."  John 4:32-34

 

We will find our manger of spiritual solid food by living out our union with Christ—because we will be filled with the Spirit and we will receive truths from God that are solid food. We will receive more than milk.

 

We will fellowship with and become acquainted with Jesus, the bread of life. We will do the will of our spiritual Father and we will finish the work He has given us to do.