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“Use What You Get” by Kirk Hunt
Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it [Manna] until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.
Exodus 16: 19 – 20 NIV
Moses’ instructions were clear. Each household should gather only as much manna as would be eaten that day. No manna was to be stored.
Of course someone tried to hoard their manna. The heaven-sent food rotted overnight. Disgustingly.
God’s provision of manna to Israel is popularly seen as an allegory of God’s provision for modern-day saints. He gives us gifts and provision. God wants us to gather enough of what He provides, and not to hoard what He gives.
Your skills, education and credentials are a form of manna. They are a provision, ultimately from God, to nourish and benefit your household. Are you hoarding your manna?
There are men and women, ministers and ministries, that need the manna you hold. You have the ability to nourish and benefit other households. Are you willing to share, or will you hoard what God has given?
“…They kept part of it…” You have an opportunity to give from the riches that God has entrusted to you. What have you got to lose?
Think: I should not hoard what God has given.
Pray: “Father-God, help me to share with others what You have given.”
Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt
“Our Daily Bread” by Kirk Hunt
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
Exodus 16:14 KJV
Like clockwork, for over 40 years, the Israelites woke up to God’s provision. In the middle of a harsh desert environment, food (and dew) arrived every morning. Israel called it manna.
One translation of the word manna is “gift.” A different translation is the phrase “What is it?” God’s provision is always wonderful, but it can also be a mystery.
At least one lesson of manna is to interact with God daily. Excess collections of manna rotted or spoiled during the night. God wanted Israel to depend and interact with Him each day.
How about you? Do you interact daily with God? Is there fresh provision from God’s Word in your mind and heart every morning (or evening)? Do you speak with Him, every day?
We let the business crowd Him out. We choose to spend our time away from Him. Make a commitment for a few minutes a day. Create the habit. Gather your daily measure of God.
The habit and practice will make a difference in your life. It doesn’t need to take hours. It needs to happen daily. Gather your manna, daily. God is there, waiting for You.
Think: Prayer and Bible study are a Christian’s daily bread.
Pray: “Lord, help me not to skip my daily dose of You.”
Copyright © November 2009, Kirk Hunt