Pressing Toward the Goal
The Real Object of Our Complaints

Discerning a Blessing

And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as the frost on the ground.  So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?"  For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat."- Exodus 16:14-15 NKJV

Ah, they did not know that the small round substance on the ground was to be their food for the next 40 years!  God had heard the Israelites complaints for food in the wilderness, and once again provided for His people, this time in the form of bread from heaven.   However, they did not recognize their blessing for what it was.  Moses had to explain it to them.

Once again there are several principles packed into this passage.  Let's examine them, shall we?

  1. Blessings can be tests.  God will use blessings to test our hearts in order to determine our level of obedience to him.
  2. Blessings can be disguised. Gifts from God aren't always immediately recognized as the blessings that they are.  Manna means "What?" The people didn't know what to make of this new foreign substance at first glance.  Once it was explained to them by an objective source, Moses, who wasn't complaining to God, they understood what they had.
  3. Blessings can be squandered.  We need to use the blessings God gives us as he intends them to be used.  Notice the specific instructions given to the Israelites in Exodus 16 for handling their blessing. (v20-21) Following God's instructions will keep our blessings alive.

Is there a blessing hanging around in your life that you have failed to recognize?  Are you using the ones you've received and recognized for God's glory?  We are blessed to be a blessing to others.  What will you do with yours?


Janna Rust is a Life/Business Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at