Exodus 16:17-20 The People of Israel went to work and started gathering, some more, some less, but when they measured out what they had gathered, those who gathered more had no extra and those who gathered less weren’t short—each person had gathered as much as was needed. Moses said to them, “Don’t leave any of it until morning.” But they didn’t listen to Moses. A few of the men kept back some of it until morning. It got wormy and smelled bad. And Moses lost his temper with them.
Many people are living paycheck-to-paycheck wondering how they are going to make ends meet. We are on our way to better but still recovering from a bad economy and bad decisions. It is only God’s grace and provision that has seen us through. Jesus taught his disciples to pray by first asking God, “Give us this day our daily bread.” God sustains us day by day. This requires trust.
The Children of Israel were fresh out of slavery and fresh out of food. They were literally in a “food desert!” They started complaining against their leaders who liberated them from Egypt. Moses told them, “You aren’t complaining against us but against God.” It’s easy to blame your leaders when you are in economic transition but it is God that you should be filing your complaints or shifting your attention to.
God heard their murmuring and decided to send them manna. The name “Manna” meant, “What is this?” It was a flaky like bread that God covered the earth with every morning for them to eat.
- They were only supposed to gather as much as they needed for their household. When we learn to live within our means we will not have a money problem. It’s when we try to acquire more manna that everything goes bad. When they tried to be greedy and get more it got maggots and stank up the house every night. Greed will cause your house to stink!
- Those who gathered less did not have too little. When you are truly dependent on God he will give you just enough until he blesses you with more than enough.
- The only day God let them retain extra was the Sabbath. God wanted them to rest on the Sabbath so they took up extra manna the night before so they could have extra on the Sabbath. On our Sabbath as Christians we should share our manna with others who have none. The only way the church can help those in need is through the faithful and consistent givers on Sunday. That’s why Paul says, “make up your mind each week what you are going to give. Don’t give grudgingly because God loves a cheerful giver.” Whether you have a little manna or a lot of manna God has blessed you to share not hoard.
What’s the manna with your money? Do you really trust God to provide for your daily bread? Are you blaming your leaders for your food desert or are you seeking God’s face and his hand? What will you share this Sunday for those who have nothing?
Thank you for providing me daily bread. In whatsoever state I’m in I have learned to be content. You always give me just enough to make it and just enough to share. Thank you for providing all my needs according to your riches in Glory. I’m looking for manna today!
In Jesus Name,