A Day Late and an Omer Short


God provided manna for Israel to eat in the desert.  Every day they received what they needed.  On Fridays, they were to gather enough for Saturday also, which was the Sabbath day of rest.  Some went out on Saturday anyway, and there was no manna to be found…

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”

22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”

27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions?”
Exodus 16:4-5, 22-23, 27-28

How many of us are gathering manna on Saturdays?

The Lord said, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions?” Why won’t you trust my promises? Ye of little faith. Haven’t we heard God say these things over and over in the Bible?  We have, because the people of God are fickle and we trust in ourselves.

When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, one of his prayers was, Lord, give us this day our daily bread.  Daily bread.  God is our sustainer.  He keeps us going, just like he kept Israel going.

Whatever we need today God will provide today.  And when he says to gather today for tomorrow, we ought to listen.  And save.  And not blame God when things are exactly the way he said they would be.

Not only do we try to gather manna on Saturdays, quite often we eat Saturday’s manna on Friday.  We make choices to not live within the means God gives us.  Or we squander his provision expecting that Saturday will be like Friday.  Yet it’s God’s way.  It’s God’s plan.

And if he instructs you to gather twice as much on Friday and to rest on Saturday, we ought to listen up and faith up.

Gathering manna on Saturdays is putting ourselves and our ideas ahead of God’s ideas.  And every time we will find ourselves a day late and an omer short…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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