Scripture: Exodus 16:17 The Israelites (gathered manna which appeared on the ground each day), some gathering more, some less. (Manna was a kind of flour used to make bread while the people were in the wilderness) 18 But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. 19 And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over until morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them.
Observation: Since there was no natural source of food in the wilderness, God provided manna for baking bread and quail as a source of protein. However, they were not to keep manna overnight as God provided fresh manna each morning (except on the Sabbath). But some people kept it overnight anyway – and it spoiled. Why would they do this? If you’re confident manna will appear each morning, there is no reason to save it. But if you’re not sure, you would hold some back. In essence, people hoarded manna because they feared that God might one day fail to provide. Fear often drives disobedience.
Application: The Lord has always given my family and I what we needed, and sometimes more. In return God asks us to be generous with others via the tithe we return to the Lord from our earnings (10% of income) and other offerings in addition to the tithe. Yet there have been times, when cash flow was short, that we’ve held back by giving less than a tithe. Why? Because of fear. Despite the fact that God has provided for us our entire lives, we can doubt God will do so tomorrow. Seems silly, but it’s true. Does this resonate with you today? Are you being tempted into disobedience by fear? If so, you’re not alone. Let’s pray.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the provider of all things. You are so good to us, yet we can doubt you. Particularly when times are difficult, we can fall into disobedience. Give us grace today to be restored to you, O God. The bible says that perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Help us overcome our fear and to trust you – with everything. For you can be trusted. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.