“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, 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.’ When the Israelites saw it they said to each other, ‘What is it?’ for they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat…Each one is to gather as much as he needs.’”
Then the children of Israel did as they were told: some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by 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. Exodus 16:4, 15-18
One of the significant facts about God’s provision of manna for the Israelites while they were wandering for forty years in the desert, was that He always provided just enough manna for one day at a time. They couldn’t store it overnight because it would only last for one day before it spoiled.
The lesson is this: God’s help is daily. Jesus must have had this thought in mind when He taught his disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Being utterly dependent goes against the grain of our human pride; we’re the kind of folks who like to captain our own ship. We tend to trust in our ingenuity, which says in essence to God: “I’ve got this, Lord. I’ll call on you if I need your help with anything.” But our God is loving and patient with us even when we push him aside. As Shakespeare once said: “What fools these mortals be.” We can’t even draw our next breath without God’s help!
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? Or What shall we drink? Or What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34
Still it’s easy to worry, isn’t it? We spend a lot of precious time with the “what ifs”. In Psalm 46:1 David wrote: “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.” This includes the trouble that is on our doorstep today; the trouble that kept us awake last night; the trouble that comes out of nowhere unexpectedly. God will give strength for the trouble that we face today. Why should we be occupied with what might happen tomorrow?
There is no situation that God cannot handle. And there is no situation you and God cannot handle together. He gives us grace to live; grace to die; grace to do all that he requires of us. You can call heaven’s help line anytime, twenty-four seven, and you will never get a busy signal or voice mail. It is unproductive to live in the future so trust our faithful God to give you grace for living today.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24