Whenever God leads His people into a new day, His provision to feed them changes. The instant a child is born, it has to find a new way of feeding. It is no longer attached to the umbilical cord that fed it in the womb for nine months. The cord is cut off at birth because it is time for that baby to feed in a new way. If the infant does not, it will die because the provision to be fed from the umbilical cord is no longer there. This illustrates what happens when God leads you to find a new way of feeding. When this happens, it does not seem like the Lord because it is not the way He fed you before.
Every time the Lord births you into a new level, it always involves a new way to feed. If you cannot learn to feed in a new way, you die. The Jews had that problem when Yeshua (Jesus) came. He said, “I am the bread of life. … This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die” (John 6:48, 50).1 The people could not perceive God in it and argued, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” (John 6:52). The Lord responded, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves” (John 6:53). They all reacted to Him, saying, “Wait a minute! It is against the Law of Moses for us to eat human flesh and drink blood. You can’t do that!” Even the disciples were in a great deal of confusion, so Yeshua asked, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” (John 6:67). The disciples had started feeding on the new source of life that Christ had opened up. They could not explain it doctrinally, but they had experienced the filling of it. Peter responded, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68). They ate of His Words and it ministered life to them.
God was saying to the nation of Israel, “I’ve fed you one way, and now I’m going to feed you another way.” When He fed Israel manna in the wilderness, they murmured and complained. Nobody had ever seen it before and asked, “What is this?” They did not appreciate the taste of honey wafers after they
were used to the spiced meats of Egypt. When God ended the wilderness wanderings, He said, “Okay, the manna has stopped. Now you’re going to eat grain and harvest the fruit. Even if you have to take it from the giants, your diet has changed.” At that point, if you sat at the doorway of your tent in the land of Canaan waiting every morning for manna, you would die.
When you eat the food of a new level, it will give you the strength to do what is necessary for that age (John 4:34). Read 1 Kings 17:1-16. God commanded the ravens to feed Elijah until the brook dried up. If Elijah did not learn to eat in a new way, he would have died. And something has ended for you. Do not look back. Do not grieve over it anymore. It is time to go forward and move into the new thing. We are going to walk into it by faith. We will never figure out what the Lord is doing. He just says, “Follow Me” (Luke 9:59).
1 All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995).