Daily Manna

Don’t you love the Old Testament story of God providing for the Israelites in the wilderness by sending daily manna to sustain their physical needs? Can’t you imagine the people out there each morning with their baskets and vessels as they gratefully stoop to gather their sustenance for the day?

“So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little…,

but everyone had just enough.” Exodus 16:17

What a great metaphor for the grace and strength that God provides to each of us who are suffering loss. Often, the future looking uncertain or scary and it is easy to feel overwhelmed about tomorrow, next week, or next year. But with God’s faithfulness, it is a comforting thought to know that He will get us through each day – hour by hour – and never leave us lacking for what we truly need.

You may remember in the Old Testament that the morning’s manna only lasted for a day and that any unused manna would spoil. Yet, a fresh new abundant supply would be ready as the sun rose on the horizon each morning!

“Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23.”

What a beautiful thought! God gives us exactly what we need to get through each day! No more. No less. And at the end of each day, when the sun goes does and the darkness of night drains our weary souls – making us feel as if we can’t possibly rise in the morning – we can rest assured that all the provisions we need for the next day will be there freely waiting with the sunrise.

Moses and Aaron told the people,

“In the morning you will see the glory of the Lord.” Exodus 16:7

I love that sentence! Let us all keep our hearts open to glimpse and appreciate the glory of the Lord as He lovingly provides for our needs each day!