Do You Have Enough For Today?

People gather manna (Народ собирает манну небесную), Alexander Ivanov.

People gather manna (Народ собирает манну небесную), Alexander Ivanov.

Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.  Exodus 16:4

This is as big a test of faith for us as it was for Israel in the wilderness.  While literal manna from heaven is not always what we need, the challenge remains:  Has God supplied us what we need today?

This is a challenge we often put forth to God.  Does He have enough for us today?  But as with most challenges to God, it falls upon us:  Will He be enough for us today?  He meets all of our needs.  He gives us fresh grace every day.  But how often do we imagine that if only I had _____, if only I were _____, then life would be more fulfilled.  Then my relationship with God truer or richer.  Then my obedience to Him would be accomplished.

This is doubly more dangerous for a pastor or minister because we deal in spiritual things.  If only my church was like ______.  If only we had ______.  If only the people weren’t like ______.  Then the mission would get off the ground.  Then community would be rich and satisfying.  Then we’d grow.  Then we’d be deep.  Then we’d reach the city.

But the wonderful truth is that God has given exactly the grace needed for today.  We can believe we don’t have enough and grumble.  We can believe we can’t follow Him unless we have ______.  Or we can have confidence that He has supplied – even is Himself the supply – for this day in front of us.

After all, He taught us to pray  give us this day our daily bread.


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