In my life, I’ve experienced a great deal of joy and happiness, but also deep sorrow and pain. It seems like I’ve had my fair share of hardship in life – maybe that seems true for you as well. In my thirty-seven and a half years, miscarriage, death of family members, near death of my husband, and deep depression have held me in a tight grip several times. Through it all, however, the Lord’s grip has been even stronger.
We are reading through the book of Exodus. And, in chapter 16 we find the Israelites grumbling about their food provision. God has already demonstrated His power to them in the midst of ten plagues, their march out of Egypt, protected them from Pharaoh’s army, and parted the Red Sea. He had demonstrated His awesome and mighty power to the children of Israel. Despite these signs, they show up knocking at Moses’ tent door and complain about their lack of food.
“And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” ~Exodus 16:2-3
In his lovingkindness, God continued to provide for their every need. This time His answer was to provide their daily bread – manna. For the next forty years, God would send this bread-like food each morning. There was a catch, however. They were to gather only enough manna for that day – one day at a time. They were not to take any more than they needed for the day or it would spoil. They were to trust God to provide the following day rather than take it upon themselves to plan ahead. The exception was the sixth day when they were to gather a double portion to include their food for the Sabbath day.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed God to sustain you, to provide for you? One. Day. At. A. Time. Pause for a moment and think about that particular situation in your life. Take time to recall the stress, worry, fear, feelings of anxiety in your gut. In fact, you might be facing circumstances that are causing you to literally take one day at time, or maybe you are bracing yourself to hold on for just one more hour. Can you look up and trust the One who will provide for you in this moment?
Just as He provided for the Israelites, He has always sustained me. In each hardship, He has given me exactly what I’ve needed. Those are my personal words of testimony for my heavenly Father. No more and no less. He provides enough manna for each day, one day at a time. I have learned to pray for today’s portion in the midst of the various trials that have come into my life.
Perhaps your prayer today would echo my prayer: “Lord, I can’t do this without you. Please give me the portion of manna I will need for today. Amen.”
God sustains. He gives us exactly what we need. Friends, we can trust Him to provide our daily manna.