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Day Nine

 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.  When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’” 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.                     Exodus 16:14-18

God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. God delivered them from Pharaoh and his army. God delivered them through the Red Sea on dry ground. God was preparing them for the promised land but they needed to go through the wilderness. The wilderness was a place for desert dwellers to experience the provision of God. Those who live in a society flooded with goods and gadgets need to ponder the example of the desert dweller. A typical U.S. Supermarket in 1976 had about 9,000 items. Today it carries around 30,000. How many of those are absolutely essential and how many are not? How essential is God’s provision in your life? 

A young woman brought her fiancé home to meet her parents for Thanksgiving dinner. After dinner, her mother told her father to find out about the young man. The father invited the fiancé to his study for a talk. “So, what are your plans?” the father asked the young man. “I am a biblical scholar,” he replied. “A Biblical scholar. Hmmm,” the father said. “Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in?” “I will study,” the young man replied, “and God will provide for us.”

“And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?” asked the father. “I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replied, “God will provide for us.” “And children?” asked the father. “How will you support children?” “Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replied the fiancé. The conversation proceeded like this, and each time the father questioned, the young idealist insisted that God would provide.

Later, the mother asked, “How did it go, Honey?” The father answered, “He has no job and no plans, and he thinks I’m God!”

Listen, the people had no job, no plans but they had Jehovah God delivering manna every morning and every night for 40 years in the wilderness. Just think, God started the original Door Dash! God provided every morning and every night but that was not enough for God’s people. They wanted the menu in Egypt packed full of cucumbers sandwiches, onion rings, and matzah balls (16:3). They were grumbling. They looked back to the days of Egypt when God was preparing them for the Promised Land. The past pleasures cannot compare to the future promises of heaven. When you get to the end of your resources, you will find God to be more than enough.

In the fifth century, a man named Arenius determined to live a holy life. So, he abandoned the comforts of Egyptian society to follow an austere lifestyle in the desert. Yet whenever he visited the great city of Alexandria, he spent time wandering through all the bazaars. When asked why he spent so much time there? He explained that his heart rejoiced at all the things he didn’t need. God provides more than we will ever need. God is more than enough. Have you tried the Manna bread lately, it’s straight from heaven.