Saturday, March 16, 2019
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day.” [Exodus 16:4]
In this verse I hear an echo of the Lord’s prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Notice the word daily. Notice in our text that God told the people to gather enough for the day.” Yet, we, like the Israelites, tend to gather more than we need. I know that I do. I have more than enough to get me through today and many tomorrows. When our storehouses are full, it is all too easy to start relying on ourselves. We take credit for our abundance, while forgetting that God is really our provision. In our Exodus text we hear God say, “I will test them, whether they will follow my instructions.” I wonder if we follow God’s instructions? Or are we like the rich man in the Gospel of Luke who just builds bigger and bigger barns to store his abundance for himself? In Exodus and Luke, we are reminded that God is the giver of all gifts, whether it is daily manna or an abundance of crops. Let us listen to God’s instructions for every Sunday we pray “our daily bread,” not “my daily bread.”
Provisioning God, I give thanks for the abundance in my life. Help me to remember that you are the provider of my daily provisions as well as my abundance. Help me to follow your instructions, so that I might have enough as well as share with others. Amen.