Bread from Heaven – Part 1
“When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.” (Exodus 16:14 NIV)
For forty years, God provided manna for the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. The manna was thin and flaky and looked like frost on the ground. It was the food that God supplied for his people every single day until they got to the Promised Land. Notice that God told them not to keep any of it overnight. If they did, it would rot and begin to smell. It’s as if God had said to you and me, “I want you to go to bed at night with nothing in the refrigerator.” He was actually telling the Israelites to go to sleep with nothing but the promise that he would do it again the next morning. That’s serious! They couldn’t keep the manna. They had to go to bed, get up hungry the next morning, and just trust God for their provision. And this happened every single day for forty years. God’s blessings would be there for his people, but they couldn’t live off yesterday’s blessing.
We’re not Israelites on the way to the Promised Land, and we’re not eating manna every day, but the lesson is the same for us. Some of us try to live off what God did ten or twenty years ago—or last month or last week!—and guess what? The thing rots! It smells! Simply put, it doesn’t work!
Notice another lesson here: God gives us only what we need for that day. He never gives us today what we needed yesterday. Why? Because yesterday’s gone, and we can’t get it back. Likewise, God never gives us today what we will need tomorrow. Tomorrow he will give us what we need then. This is important for us to learn. Doesn’t the Lord’s Prayer say, “Give us this day our daily bread”? The truth is that grace comes parceled out only one day at a time… sometimes an hour at a time! That’s how God works. Of course, we can pray about the future, but when we get to the future, we’ve got to trust God for that day.
One great thing about having to trust God this way is that it produces faith in us as we see God supply our needs day after day after day. Let’s thank the Lord today for being Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider!
To be continued...