Focusing on God’s Sufficiency

Most mornings I wake up feeling like I didn’t get enough sleep, I didn’t get enough done yesterday, and I won’t have enough energy to do all I need to get done for today. So before my feet even hit the floor I feel overwhelmed and defeated.

What a way to start out.

But, this isn’t the whole truth I’m telling myself. Though I’m tired, I have left over tasks, and lacking in strength – and left to myself I would be too tired, too overwhelmed, and too weak – God gives me what I need from His abundance. Each morning He provides just what I need for that day. What was given yesterday is gone and what’s for tomorrow hasn’t come. He provides exactly what I need for just this day.

Manna from heaven

While reading the story in the book of Exodus, chapter 16, of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, grumbling for food, I was struck by God’s response. He heard their grumbling and provided for their need with manna from heaven. The people describe the manna “like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” (Exodus 16:31) Each day it would appear on the ground; as the dew vanished the manna would appear.

The people were commanded to gather enough for the day according to the need of their family. If they gathered more than needed (trying to store it up for the next day) it would spoil. Except for on the sixth day. On the sixth day enough would be provided for that day and the seventh so they could fully rest on the Sabbath.

What spoke to me most with this was:

  1. God always provides enough of what I need for the day ahead. God knows what’s to come and He will best equip me for it. What He provides will always be enough for me. For His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
  2. Each morning God supplies a fresh dose of what I need. Just as new manna was provided each morning, so are His mercies new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and joy comes (Psalms 30:5).
  3. Everybody’s “enough” is different.
    This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather of itFocusing on God's Sufficiency | theEvenif.com, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer (An omer was about 2 quarts or 2 liters), according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’ And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat.” (Exodus 16:16-18, emphasis added)God knows what, and how much, will fill us so there will be none left over and no lack. But, that doesn’t look the same for each person, each family. We can’t compare our enough with one another – we need to look to the One that knows exactly what we need.True equality isn’t rightly defined by the world. In God’s economy equality doesn’t mean everything is the same on the outside, the same in appearance; it’s based on the heart. Where one person has much and another has little, both have exactly what’s needed to be completely fulfilled by God. We’re all different and have different things, but valued the same by God. Let’s embrace that.
  4. He provides enough on the 6th day for 2 days so we can rest.
    This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’ So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it. Moses said, ‘Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.’” (Exodus 16:23-26)God commanded the Israelites to eat all the manna they gathered each day for if they left any over until morning it would rot (Exodus 16:19). But, they didn’t listen and some tried to prepare enough for leftovers and by morning it bred worms and stank (Exodus 16:20).
    Except for the Sabbath day.
    The day before the Sabbath they were to gather and prepare enough for both days and there were no worms or rot. God made it as easy as possible for the Israelites to have rest. He didn’t even send the manna on the Sabbath – preventing the temptation to work (even though the Israelites still tried (v.27)).God does the same for us. He gives out of His abundance more than enough for us so we can rest –  we must rest. When we work when we should be resting it’s futile – God’s blessing isn’t even there. We’re not only going against His command, we’re missing the blessing in the resting.

Thank Him for His abundance

Thank You, Jesus, for sharing Your abundance with me. You are more than enough. You are sufficient. Forgive me for my grumbling and disobedience to You. Thank You for hearing me, even in my disgruntled state, and meeting my every need. Give me a heart that seeks You – to love and obey You. Help me, by Your Spirit, to rest – rest in You and Your goodness. Your love is so great and steadfast. I love you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Are you living your life out of God abundance or your own striving? What ways can you keep your mind focused on His “enoughness”?

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