“What! Only an Omer? You mean, we can only gather an Omer of manna? How can we be sure that an Omer will be the right amount for each of us? We’re all so different. Harvey eats more than Jack and Jack eats more than Lisa. How is this going to work? And….how are we supposed to get rid of it? If we keep it over night it will be filled with maggots the next day! What do we do? Bury it? This is too hard God. Thanks for the provision, but I’m afraid it won’t work.”
This is what the scripture says:
…and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it they said, ‘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. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent’ (Exodus 16:13-16).
God instructed that they couldn’t store the manna for later use, and they had to gather twice as much the day before the Sabbath.
I got panicky reading this the other day.
I’m not sure what came over me, but suddenly I heard all these thoughts running through my head–thoughts questioning God’s instruction concerning the manna. This isn’t like me, but there I was questioning God’s provision.
Really, how did that work? It was miraculous that it just appeared every morning for them to gather- no weeding or watering necessary.
It just appeared. What a supernatural provision — it would always be just as much as they needed for the day. They didn’t get hungry. Maybe they shared if they had extra they couldn’t keep. Maybe that’s how it all worked.
“Hey Harvey! Want my leftovers?”
The other day when I got panicky over this story, I think God was teaching me an important lesson. His provision is always perfect. It doesn’t always seem like it’s going to be enough nor does it look like I envisioned it, but it’s always perfect.
I hope this encourages you. If you need God to provide, there is a good chance He already has or His provision won’t be what you imagined. A thankful heart helps us see it, and it empowers us to trust Him even when the provision seems too small.
I feel a prayer comin’ on. I’ve got your hands.
“Dear Lord, Open our minds to receive your supernatural provision for everything in our lives. Open our eyes to see it. Help us trust you and obey if you give us “rules” to go with the manna. Peace, perfect peace. So be it.”
Digging Deep in our Trust,