Joshua 5:12

And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

I remember our local golf pro’s reply to a student after he was told “this new grip feels stupid.” He quickly quipped, “how stupid did it feel hitting out of bounds five out of last six times you played the 6th hole?” Changing a golf swing after having one ingrained into our muscle memory for years and even decades is a difficult process. We develop habits and tendencies which make us feel comfortable. Any change in stance, grip or other bodily positions feels uncomfortable and often unnatural. Changes make us uneasy and give us less confidence when we get out of our “comfort zone.” We as Christians are made with a purpose of spiritual advancement. We were not made to drink from milk for the entirety of our Christian lives. Milk is for new converts who are unable to digest the “meatier” sustenances meant for an experienced Christian. Often times, the diet transition is an uncomfortable one. After gaining freedom from bondage in Egypt and then the time in the wilderness, the children of Israel were given a new freedom of diet in Canaan. They were not prescribed what to eat by the law and not relegated to the manna dropped from above. When we live in a state of uncertainty and uncomfortableness, it is easy to revert back to our old habits and diet. Henry Ford was correct, “if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you will keep getting what you’ve already got.” If we are satisfied with just showing up for Sunday service critiquing our pastor and choir, we will continue living a spiritual life full of critique, doubt and depression. We feel we are doing Jesus a favor merely by showing up and not falling asleep. Many of us have been in this state of transition long enough and need to accept the ability to become spiritual leaders. We should strive to be the spiritual leader of our pew each Sunday morning and Sunday night. We should come ready to discern the Biblical knowledge and truths on Wednesday night. My prayer is to strive for new desires and higher levels of spirituality. It is at these heights we can see the greater workings of Christ in us and in the lives around us.

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