We are a society that likes to stockpile supplies. Why else do many of us have five loaves of bread in the freezer or enough peanut butter in the pantry for the next six months? And look under the sink in the bathroom and you might find a year’s worth of shampoo and toilet paper. We buy many things in bulk; sometimes it is because we get a better price per unit for buying in bulk, other times it is simply because we want to have even for today and tomorrow, and the ninety days after that! Have you ever gone to the grocery store right after a hurricane or blizzard has been forecast? Some shoppers really seem to be “stocking up.” You think to yourself – are the effects of the storm really going to last that long?
On the contrary to the above scenarios, God gives us what we need only when we need it. He does not give us today what we will need tomorrow, only what we need for today. Tomorrow’s provision will come tomorrow, when we need it. Even though we would like tomorrow’s provision today, we really don’t need it until tomorrow. And He wants us to trust that what He provides today is all we need for today. In Exodus 16 we read that the Israelites were grumbling at Moses and Aaron, frustrated that before Moses led them into the desert they “sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death (16:3).” God responds in this way, found in Exodus 16:4… 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. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.”
In the verse referenced above, God seems to be saying that He will provide just enough – no more, no less – and He is testing the faithfulness of His people to just take what they need for that particular day. This is probably the background for Jesus’ petition in the Lord’s Prayer – ‘Give us today our daily bread.”
As we always do, we remind you that all meaning is context dependent. This story takes place after the Israelites have crossed the Red Sea and occurs while they are on their journey to Sinai. We ask you to read all of Exodus chapter 16 (36 verses) in order follow this particular story from beginning to end.
So right now we encourage you to simply trust God’s provisions today for today, and tomorrow for tomorrow! It is simply a matter of are you willing to trust God to meet all your needs?