I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:34-35)
God has given us gifts to enjoy. When we eat our food, spend time outside, work on a project, or even throw a stick for your god, we are enjoying the gifts of God. These gifts point to a gracious giver.
The problem begins when we take those gifts and make an idol out of them. We look to the gift to fulfill us instead of the giver of the gift.
God gave the Israelites the gift of daily provision in the manna. He also gave them the gift of Sabbath rest – a time to stop, rest, and contemplate the person and work of God. These are physical and spiritual blessings.
We will discover that they did not always trust God as they should. They were dissatisfied with God and grumbled against him. God continued to provide for his people to bring glory to himself and to show that their spiritual need can only be satisfied through him.