Monday, February 2, 2015

Manna or Mammon?

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Then the Lord said to Moses,  “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”  That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew.  When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground.  The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was.And Moses told them, “It is the food the lord has given you to eat.  These are the Lord’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.”  So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little.  But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.

Exodus 16:11-18

God "miraculously" provided food for the Children of Israel to eat as they traveled through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land.  They had Manna in the morning and quail in the evening and were sustained by those provisions until they reached the land of Canaan.

There is a statement in these verses about the miracle of Manna that is often overlooked.  "Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough!" 

You never need to ask the question, "Do I have enough?"  The only question you must ask is this: "Did what I have, even if it is only a little, come from God?"  If what you have came from God, then it is enough!  And of course if what you have did not come from God, it will never be enough!

This was apparently the same kind of miracle that Jesus did with the loaves and fish.  Good common sense would say you don't have enough to feed 5000 people, but with the blessing of Jesus you do, and with lots left over.

So, busy yourself with gathering Manna in the morning and let God take care of whether or not it is enough for the day.  You can rest in the fact that His provision will be enough!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to concern myself with making sure I am gathering Manna from You and not Mammon or money from the world.  If what I have is Manna, it will be enough, but if all I have is Mammon (money), it will never be enough! And may You be praised forever!  Amen."

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