Our Spiritual food is having a daily personal Quiet-time when we can read
God's Word and pray to Him.
A Kid's Portion:
What is a kid's portion of food? Can you imagine peeping into
the dining room and gasping - the table is groaning under a huge
pile of food that reaches to the ceiling! "Who's going to eat
all that food?" you ask. "You are!" comes the reply, "And
tonight's supper is going to last you for the whole year!"
Your mother exclaims, "And you are going to sit here until it's all
Whew! You wake up with a fright and realise it was only a
Today's lesson is all about greed and obedience and is based on the
story of the Israelites finding manna in the desert (Exodus 16:1-20).
Our text is from Ecclesiastes 12:1a which says:
"Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth."
Joanna looked at the rolling sand dunes of the desert and thought how
pretty the sparkling white flakes looked in the early morning sun.
They were everywhere and covered the desert sand as far as she
"What is it?" she asked her mother as she collected a handful from
around her feet and poured it into the clay jug at her mother's feet.
"Moses said it is called manna," replied her mother, "And it's
the bread God has sent for us to eat."
Just then some strangers came running up to where their friends and
neighbours were busy filling pots and basins with the strange white
flakes. The men roughly pushed the women aside and even
punched one of the men who tried to stop them from grabbing all the
manna they had collected.
Do any of you children fight for the biggest piece of cake or sweets?
(Let the children respond).
"What greedy and rude people they are!" exclaimed Joanna, "They didn't
have to do that because it's lying about everywhere." Her
mother drew her away and said, "There's more than enough for all of
the people of Israel, for God always provides our needs. Come,
let's go back to our tent as we have enough for today's portion."
Enough for Today:
As Joanna followed her she asked worriedly, "But what about tomorrow,
shouldn't we gather more for it?" Her mother shook her head, "No,
Moses commanded us to collect just enough for the day and not to try and
save any for the next day, because then it would turn bad."
"But why did God make that rule?" Joanna wanted to know. Her mother
sat down under the shade of a tall palm tree and patted the sand next to
her. "Sit and down next to me and I will explain it to you."
Joanna did so as she popped a handful of manna from their jug into
her mouth. As she chewed she laughed, "It's delicious, it tastes
just like honey!"
Thinking About God:
Her mother smiled at her enthusiasm and said, "I'm glad you like it because
we are going to eat it for many days." She thought for a moment,
"God told us to collect just enough for our portion every morning.
And then we will think about Him every day and remember to thank Him
for His care for us. It's not enough if we only think of Him on a
Sabbath or a feast day". Joanna thought about the kindness of God
all day. Each time they sat down to a meal she would look at her
mother, and then bow her head to say a 'thank-you' to God.
How can we think about God? (Let the children respond) Yes, we
can think of all the good things that God does for us and gives us.
We can think about Jesus and how He loves us and died for us on the cross.
And there are many other things that we can think about God, and
what He does in our lives!
Result of Disobedience:
Next morning they awoke to shouting and anger in the camp. "What a
dreadful smell," exclaimed her father. All around people were
throwing manna onto the rubbish heap. "So!" came a angry voice, "You
refuse to pay attention to me! And now the manna you kept overnight
is rotten and full of maggots. It's stinking out our campsite!"
A shiver ran down Joanna's back as she watched an angry Moses waving
his arms as he stalked about and shouted at the disobedient people.
Is is good to be disobedient and greedy, and does that please God?
(Let the children respond). No, God wants us to be obedient
and kind, and care for other people, and that means we should share things
and not be greedy.
God is a Gracious Giver:
Next day as Joanna walked into the desert she whispered, "Mother I'm so glad
we obeyed Moses. He was awfully angry at those disobedient people.
We must make sure we gather new manna every day!" Her mother
nodded as they started to gather manna to refill their empty jug.
She gave Joanna a hug and replied, "Daughter, I am proud of you. You
must never forget that your name means, 'God is a gracious Giver,' and that
He can be trusted to meet our daily needs."
Well, Joanna grew up and eventually went into the promised land with the
Israelite people. But she never forgot to take time to think about
God and His kindness. And she thanked Him for their food every day,
because she knew that He loved her.
A Daily Portion:
And that's why God wants you boys and girls to have a daily personal
Quiet-time when you can read His Word and pray to Him. I hope you
will remember this lesson and know that we serve a wonderful God who still
graciously protects us and gives us our daily needs.
It's your daily portion - a kid's portion. Make sure you get it!