As the manna fell in the wilderness for the Israelites, each person was to gather what he needed.
The Lord instructed, “Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man,
according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents” (Ex.
The Bible records that the Israelites “gathered every man according to his eating” (v. 18). From
these statements we see that there was personal responsibility to gather the food that each one
needed; some gathered more, others gathered less, but each was to gather according to his
Think of the parallel this has for our feeding on God’s Word. Each one must gather spiritual food
for himself. A believer cannot live on another person’s experience. Testimonies are interesting,
and it is wonderful to have a pastor who preaches good messages, but a believer cannot live on
those things alone.
Each Christian must gather his own spiritual food according to his own need. If each one is
feeding himself individually, then the testimonies and messages of others will be of
encouragement to him, and he will be of much encouragement to others.
How much appetite for the Word of God do you have? Do you come to the Word with a hungry
heart to learn all you can in order that you might know God better? The more we learn about
Him, the more we will want to learn.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his
mouth more than my necessary food (Job 23:12).