SWORD OF THE SPIRIT 1009
…Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat…And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank… (Exodus 16:15-20)
Why did they disobey what the Lord commanded concerning the manna? The root cause of their disobedience was their lack of trust that God would continue to provide for them. In much the same manner this root cause of distrust drives our disobedience today as well.
They hoarded the manna. How many of us hoard God’s provision for us today and disobey His command to care for our parents, the poor, and the elderly when it is in our God-given means to help others? What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?…If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. (Proverbs 3:27)
Many churches and charitable organizations are concerned about the push for tax reform that would eliminate the deduction for charitable giving. Would people continue to be faithful in tithes and offerings if there was no tax deduction for it? Where is your heart concerning bringing the full tithe, holy and set apart as the Lord’s? It is not a matter of generous giving. It is a matter of obedience and trust.
Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (Malachi 3:8-10)
Like yesterday’s manna, some hold onto the past and long for it because of fear of what tomorrow may or may not bring. Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
Manna was a type and foreshadowing of Jesus, the true bread from heaven. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. (John 6:49-50) Like the manna provided by God, our daily, fresh relationship with Jesus is key to a strong trusting faith in God. It is from this foundation of trust that we can walk in obedience.
May you be continually filled with the daily manna of God through Jesus Christ.