READ : Revelation 2:15-17
To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna. (v. 17)
What is “hidden manna”? Nobody knows for sure. But I know what “manna” is. Manna is the provision God made for his people when they were starving in the wilderness. And I know what “hidden” means. Hidden means not observable, not something we can readily see. Is it too much of a stretch to suggest that hidden manna is God’s provision for us that nobody can see, but which we experience?
When Joe Louis fought Max Schmeling in 1938, in their second fight, Schmeling took a terrible beating. After the fight, reporters asked Louis what he would have done if that last haymaker hadn’t floored Schmeling. “I would have run around behind him,” said Louis, “to see what was holding him up.”
There are people getting pounded with tribulation, one blow after another. Yet they’re still on their feet, still standing as Christian men and women. The world keeps trying to knock them loose from Christ, but they won’t let go, won’t give up, won’t give in. Sometimes you wonder what is holding them up.
God is holding them up, sustaining them with spiritual resources that are no less real just because we can’t see them: “Be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isa. 41:10).
It’s the sustaining provision of God that keeps us on our feet. Lord, give me some of that hidden manna.
Lord, help me to be strong in times of adversity. Amen.