“This is what the LORD has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’ ” The sons of Israel did so, and some gathered much and some little. When they measured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat. Moses said to them, “Let no man leave any of it until morning.” But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul; and Moses was angry with them.”
Exodus 16:16-20 NASB
I have discovered through trial and error that I need to have a daily portion of the Lord’s supply. I use the words “trial and error” because they best describe life without prayer, Scripture, worship, and repentance. I make mistakes that lead to self-perpetuated trials and many life errors, or sins, that make my walk with Christ difficult, and worse yet, damage my testimony.
In the passage above the children of Israel received God’s provision day by day except the Sabbath. On the day before the Sabbath they were instructed to take twice as much. They were also instructed to use all of the manna, or else it would spoil, become wormy and stink up the place.
Where the children of Israel received a physical provision, we believers in Jesus receive a spiritual one. There is no doubling up for the Sabbath since ours is a daily faith. We walk in Christ everyday, twenty-four-seven.
I wake up with a clean slate and an empty vessel every morning. I can’t save up spiritual food from the previous day. There are no leftovers, no microwave meals, or instant breakfast to get me through. I approach the throne of grace from scratch. If I try and make do with old bread, my efforts are smelly and full of worms.
I endeavor to read the Bible daily, pray always and give thanks in all things. I can tell when I don’t and others can too. As I often say, we are being watched. I view every step I take as an act of evangelism. That evangelism is happening whether I am with others or not. Living in Christ is not like a cloak that I can put on when I go out. It must be a habit that is burned into my heart by day to day, passionate repetition.
Like muscle memory, my Holy habits become my first reference in all situations I enter. Life is full of unforeseen circumstances that serve to challenge us at every turn. We don’t face these challenges in a vacuum. In the darkest crisis we’re likely to be with others.
Many of our mothers urged us to always wear clean underwear because of the possibility of sudden illness or accident. I like the idea of having a pure heart and clean hands as I enter daily life in the world. My heart and hands are cleansed by a constant washing by the word of God and regular confession of my sins.
I have joy in the freshness of God’s daily mercies!
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV
He gives out bread in abundance everyday! Christian life stale? Seek Him for that great, fresh bread!