In this God provided what the people needed on a daily basis.
Each day they could collect and use what there was available.
None could be kept for the following day.
No amount of what God has provided for a specific day could be hoarded and kept for the next day or later use.
Exodus 16:19-20 Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.
What is it that causes us to hoard?
I don’t know if you have ever met a hoarder, someone who stores up unnecessary and often useless things. It is often done in secret.
Hoarding often flows out of fear and forgetfulness about God’s faithfulness.
Hoarding can exhaust us.
Habakkuk 2:13 ‘… the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?’
When we lose sight of God and His promised daily provision we can get caught up in this mindset.
The antidote is trusting.
We need to rest and remember and remind ourselves of His faithfulness.
Exodus 16:23-24 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.’ So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it.
The Sabbath was a day to remember and rest and in the process what was gathered lasted.
When it comes to the eternal things of God, those we can gather and they will last!
Matthew 6:19-20 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.’
Charles Studd wrote the following: ‘Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.’
God provided for them in this daily way for 40 years.
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