Earlier today I was reading in Exodus 16. During this chapter the Lord gives the Israelites Manna from Heaven each day to provide for their needs. Every person is supposed to take according to the size of his family, no more and no less. I came across verses 20 which says, “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.” This hit me really hard. I know in my head that God is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, but do I believe this in my heart?
I find it very easy to fall into a controlling attitude. I feel as if I deserve to know exactly what tomorrow holds and what is coming. This is what the Israelites were doing in verse 20. God gave them their need for the day, yet there was a part of them that doubted if God would provide the bread tomorrow. They decided to take the situation into their owns hands out of their lack of trust. They set aside bread for their family for the next day in case the Lord did not send Manna. They ended up with bad bread because of their actions. Many times we actually believe the we are being responsible and planning ahead, but if we look at the root of the issue, our actions stem from a deep root of disbelief. Back in January I felt like the Lord wanted me to have Believe as my word for the year. So far this year, I have been broken of a lot of control issues and learning how to just be. Each day I wake up and try to rest in the fact that God has given me this day and I should rejoice and be glad in it. This does not mean that I do not prepare for future, but that I have open hands and an open heart to God’s perfect will.
Today, I have had the privilege of having a snow day! I am trapped inside my house with my best friends in the world. We have no school today, and likely will not have any tomorrow. I am receiving this blessing of rest from the Lord. Here is a picture from our adventure out in the snow this morning! When I think about the snow I think about how God is faithful to provide. All good and perfect gifts come from above, from the Father of lights! Jesus has given us hope and a future. We do not have to “store up our manna” because He is our Jehovah Jireh. What is it that the Lord has for you today? What are you worried that He will not provide tomorrow? What is hindering you from fully relying on His provisions? I pray that we will all examine our hearts and our motives as we surrender daily and accept what He has in store. May we walk each day will eyes fixed on Jesus and not on our doubts and fears.