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…I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” Exodus 16:4,12
Enough for that day…not enough for the week, not enough for the month, not even enough for two days…just enough for that day.
Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” Exodus 16:19
Of course, like any group of hungry grumblers, the Israelites feared the provision for “that” day would not come again tomorrow. And so they saved it. They hide it. They kept extra, just in case their provision would cease. But the bread was no longer useful the next day. The manna began to sour, go rancid and become full of maggots. The provision for “that” day was not meant for tomorrow because tomorrow would be provided for and so would the next day and the day after that and the day after that…
Jesus said,”Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34). With each day comes a portion of struggle and a portion of grace…a portion of grace sufficient for the moment and effective for the obstacle in the journey. But sometimes we miss the provision. We try to use the old manna that used to inspire, that helped last year, to fill the hunger of the current need. Sometimes, we grumble and complain–refusing to partake of the provision that’s given. And soon we can find ourselves stranded in the wilderness groping and groaning for more…starving…failing to feast on the manna we’ve been given…eventually learning to ignore the hunger pains as we find complacency in our malnourished state.
This is not the life we’ve been promised. There may not be white wafers falling from the heavens, but there are powerful truths available to the grumblers. The promises of scripture, the Bread of Life, is our manna. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). In each day lies a wafer of bread–a promise, a truth, a positive thought, an affirmation–enough for that day. Eat! We must eat up the manna of the day lest it spoil or go stale. Partake, savor, enjoy…ruminate on the flavor, be filled by it’s freshness…this manna is for today.