Give Us Our Daily Bread
Mighty God, Your will stands forever; Your truth endures from age to age. I give all praise to You.
Read Exodus 16:17-26
 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little.  And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.  Then 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. So Moses was angry with them.  Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.  On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much-two omers for each person-and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses.  He said to them, “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.  “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today.  Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.” Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat price did the people pay when they disobeyed God (20)?
It’s one thing to trust God in the big and momentous things of life when much is at stake and the awareness of a crisis moment is high. I’m not saying it’s easy, but somehow when the situation and its implications are clear and stark it’s easier to make a decision and stick to it. It’s quite another thing, however, to trust God in the everyday humdrum of life amongst mundane and pedestrian events–and to keep on making that decision day after day. It’s a bit like the difference between coping with the pain of a dentist’s drill and chronic pain that won’t go away. Wouldn’t you be tempted to collect more manna than you’d need for a day? I would! Think of the time you would save! So some Israelites disobey God (20)… they think they know better. They collect more than they need for a day, and it angers God. The temptation remains today. Will God really provide everything I need if I seek first his Kingdom? Why cant I ask for more than my daily bread? Must I be that dependent on him?
Recall all the things you’re facing in the next day or so. Ask God to show you something from today’s reading you can take with you.
Father, help me to remember and enjoy the fruits of faithful service, during this day and always.
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