Sunday, November 30, 2008

Just enough for today

Exodus 16 (NIV) 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed.
19 Then Moses said to them, "No one is to keep any of it until morning."
20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.

Yesterday, I read a thought about manna and I thought about writing this. Then, flipping through channels on 54 TCT the minister was talking about the Israelites and manna too which just confirmed it further. So before more of today gets away from thought on manna.

The Israelites had left Egypt. They had seen the wonders of God as He parted the Red Sea for them to walk through on dry land....and come crashing down on their pursuers. God would show up in a cloud by day and a fire by night to show them when to pick up and move and when to stay. They could SEE God in action. But then they got hungry and their fears started taking over and they whined to Moses. They actually mentioned that they had it better in Egypt! They were slaves there so their comments show their fear and frustration.

In response, God provided manna EVERY DAY for 40 years! They were to take just enough for that day. No extra. Some people didn't trust that God would provide so they took more than enough. When they did that, the manna was ruined for the next day. It did not pay for them to take more. They had to believe that what God said was true. He would bring it today AND He would bring it tomorrow.

Fast forward to today. We don't get manna. However, we get food, unexpected blessings that show up just when needed and God's promise that it will be there again tomorrow. Fear will try and get in the way and circumstances might try to block our view of God's faithfulness. Fight past the fear and believe that God will provide just enough for today, whatever it is that you need. AND He will provide just enough the next day, and the next day, etc.! :)

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