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Week 4 Day 1 – What is It?

Exodus 16:1-36

It’s Monday morning.  What is occupying your mind this morning?  If you are like millions of other Americans you are facing another week of the rat-race.  You have bills to pay, mouths to feed, bosses and/or clients to please, deadlines to keep, etc.  And for what? So you can “survive.”  We plan out our weeks so that we can earn enough money to have the things we need.  After all, isn’t it our job to provide for our families? 

Is there anything wrong with providing for one’s family?  No.  However, there is something wrong when we are consumed with the notion that it is up to us — our ingenuity and hard work – to provide the basic needs for our family.  Here is where we can learn a valuable lesson from today’s reading.  Who provided for the Israelites?  How did He provide for them?  God gave the people all that they needed to survive in the desert.

God provided a daily portion of bread and meat for His people.  The key word to this lesson is DAILY.  If the people tried to hoard the bread for the next day it would rot overnight.  It was a DAILY provision.  That meant that every night they would go to bed with a full stomach, but with nothing on their shelves that would guarantee food for tomorrow.  Each morning they would wake up hungry and have to trust that God would have delivered the bread that they needed…FOR THAT DAY. 

How do we live?  Most of us are living and earning money in order to do what…SAVE IT.  What are we saving it for?  For a rainy day.  We save it for retirement…that won’t happen for 40 years!  We work extra hard today, taking away precious time with our children, our friends, our church, our ministry, so that we can have something to eat tomorrow.  Hmmm….  Let’s turn to see what
Jesus said about tomorrow in Matthew 6:33-34,

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

In that same chapter Jesus said, in His model prayer,

“Give us this day our daily bread.” 

This is one of the biggest battles that we face.  How can we live in today, when everything in our culture tells us that we need to save up for tomorrow? 

The question for you today is this, “Are you more focused on worrying about storing up for living in this temporary world tomorrow than you are focused on what God wants you to do for His eternal Kingdom today?”

Meditate on this Proverb throughout your day.

7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God. 
(Proverbs 30:7-9)

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