December 21

So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. Exodus 34:28

Moses was one of the few men ever taken up into the world beyond.  This was not merely heaven – it was the direct Presence of God.  Moses did not eat or drink, but that does not mean that his body grew weak and thin – it is not surprising that we often think in natural ways, but God is better food than bread, and better drink than water.  We do not even know whether we will need to breathe in heaven, because God is better oxygen than anything we know down here.  We always tend to think of God as somehow a part of the physical world He made, rather than as the author of it.  He makes the rules, and so He is the best interpreter of them.  This is the truth for our whole life.  If we can only get into His Presence, we will find that we are sustained with a life that is always fresh and always supplies our mental and spiritual needs.  When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” and “I have bread to eat you know not of”, He was referring to the great sustenance of the Presence of God to the human soul.  We will always need our daily bread on earth, just as He did; but we need to pass beyond the world we can see, into Christ, into God – into the world that needs no supports or supply.  The New Creation is of a different order from the old one, for it does not need the light of the sun – Revelation 21:23.  God will ultimately gather all things into Himself, Who is the source of all life, and that is where we must learn to live right now.  Faith goes beyond the things made, to the One who created them by His word.