"The then 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.'" — Exodus 16:4 (NIV)
When do we have enough? In the wilderness, God provided for the Israelites, sending them each day "bread from heaven," which the Israelites called manna. Each day they were to gather only what they needed for that day. If they got greedy and hoarded the manna, what was left over rotted and was filled with maggots. God has given each of us gifts enough for each day yet far too often we demand more — more hours in the day, more opportunities to succeed, more affirmations that we're OK. But if we had more hours, we'd be too exhausted to accomplish much. If we had more opportunities, our lives would be fragmented and harried. If we received more affirmations, we would turn ever more in on ourselves and ignore the needs of others. In short, our lives would be rotten from the inside out. Let us treasure the gifts, the bread from heaven, we receive each day. God knows how much is enough for us.
Prayer: Heavenly God, You send us each day bread from heaven to nourish and sustain us. Keep our hearts and minds free from demands for more, knowing that in Your love You give us all we need. Amen.
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