“So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’ ” Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.” Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted.”
Exodus 16:15-21 NKJV
I marvel at the Lord’s ability to provide for the follower of Jesus. When I think of His provision, I am not only thinking of the physical things, for I know the Lord knows what is needful, but His provision of the spiritual needs. In fact, the Lord desires that we focus on the spiritual, pursuing righteousness and holiness, ahead of any temporal need we may have.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
The Lord offers plenty for the appetite of the Christian. For some there is an abundant feast, for others, smaller amounts dependent on their needs. For all, there is no lack. He provides and feeds the flock from the vast riches of the Scriptures.
As I read of the children of Israel, now in the wilderness being cared for by God, I was reminded of the LORD’s provision for His people. He had freed them from bondage, and despite their constant complaining, provided daily bread for them.
But even with that, there were some who neglected the great provision and allowed it to go unused until morning. The unused manna spoiled, became worm food and stank. I am sure the odor filled the camp, creating misery for all involved. Oh, if they had used it all.
In many ways, our neglect of the word of God, is like those who did not consume all of the manna given them. The Lord is faithful to provide us our daily bread, as we have been given the Word of God, the Bible, access to God in prayer, and His Holy Spirit to guide us. Should we neglect any one of these, we can find our lives becoming smelly, as our best efforts without Him becoming worm food, rotton, odiferous and smelling up our lives and the lives of others.
Like the children of Israel, we are disobedient, not availing ourselves of the blessings to be found in doing what we are told, repeatedly in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. We go about blown from place to place, having no sail, as we drift about on the sea of our own despair.
The Lord has provided for us many who can assist us in staying on the path, be equipped to live out our faith before this fallen world, offering a faithful example of the Gospel on two legs. When we fail to heed the messages of the Scriptures and the leaders that the Lord has ordained to go before us, we are open to false teaching, and the tricks of men.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV
As we are strengthened by the manna that the Lord has provided, we are better able to fulfill our role in the body of Christ, assisting in building up the whole, that we all are more effective in going forth and proclaiming the Gospel to the world.
Brothers and sisters, let us not neglect the abundance the Lord as given us. Let us read our bibles, and be changed by them. Let us live lives filled with the fragrance of Christ, and not smelling up the world with rotton manna filled with worms.
We are called to have the aroma of God, going into all the world as one saved by the blood of the Lamb, causing a crisis of decision, as some will smell and be draw to salvation and others will be repulsed, as they are reminded of the spiritual death to come.
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.”
II Corinthians 2:14-17 NKJV
Eat up, my people!
Have a fabulous Friday! Happy New Years Eve! Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…of course, these days, I don’t do much of anything…which is …kinda sad.