God's provision for the Israelites in the desert. What a perfect picture of our need to trust Him to provide for each day.
It's a great lesson in not taking on tomorrow's worries before their time. There are so many lessons in this chapter but we'll focus on this one:
How often do I miss God's provision because I don't follow His instructions?
I know, sometimes we think God's instructions don't seem to make sense.
"Go out and pick up these flakes from the ground and eat them."
"Don't save any for the next day, but gather only what you need for today."
"On the Sabbath, don't gather any, but use the leftovers from the day before (but this is the only day of the week that will work)."
For us, it might sound like this:
Give generously first, and He will meet your needs.
Trust Him with your family size or timing and He will provide.
Or maybe it's to leave a successful career to teach the next generation about Him.
He's not looking for a one-size-fits-all sort of relationship with us. We each have to seek to know Him personally and to understand what He is asking ME to trust Him with. He's not likely to ask the exact same thing from any two people, because what He calls us to trust Him with is based on how He uniquely created each of us.
Once we understand what He created us for, then we have to do it. Trust Him with the big dream He's planted in your heart. Trust Him with that thing you are so passionate about and so afraid of losing. Trust Him with that need that seems impossible to meet.
It might not end up looking like we thought it would. We may have to sacrifice some nice things for the best things. God will supply our needs, and He will supply according to His riches. We might not have bread, but we get rich, sweet manna instead. We might not take exotic vacations, but we spend time enjoying family instead. We might not have a huge home, but we spend our time together in the same room, instead of isolated throughout the house. What God provides is always sweeter and more precious than what we make for ourselves.
Today I'm thankful for all the manna God has supplied. Has God provided for you in an unexpected way that was sweeter than what you dreamed or imagined? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!