In the wilderness God provided His people with manna so that they wouldn’t go hungry. It appeared miraculously each morning: “Everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered…a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.” Ever notice there are times in life when God’s blessings seem to “overtake you”? (Dt 28:2). Your prayers are getting answered, the doctor’s report is good, the bills are paid, your job is going great and your kids are finally on the right track. When that happens—rejoice and thank God for His goodness. Then there are other times when He gives you “just enough” light to take one more step. That’s when He’s teaching you to trust Him on a daily (or sometimes hourly) basis; to test His Word and see for yourself that “his mercies…are new every morning” (Lam 3:22-23 NCV). Bottom line: God never lets us gather tomorrow’s manna today. The Bible says He will “supply all your need according to his riches in glory” (Php 4:19). He wants you to rely on the Giver and not the gift, to trust Him to meet all your needs, and to expect that He will bring good things out of bad situations. Instead of getting stressed out, He wants you to “let [all] your requests be made known to God” (Php 4:6 NKJV), to stop fretting when you’re alone because He will “never leave you nor forsake you” (Dt 31:6 NIV); to realize that no matter what life throws at you, you never have to question His love because it’s “everlasting” (Jer 31:3).
Published on Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 8:44 AM CDT