Exodus 16:15-17 “Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs. 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, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed”.
We should remember that grace comes from moment to moment. The test at the end of the term, the race still months away, or the new job you have not yet begun, should be a thought but not a burden. Prepare, but don’t dwell. You will not find the grace for next Tuesday before next Tuesday, whatever it is that next Tuesday will require of you. C.S Lewis put it succinctly, “the present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.”
While a distance runner plans for the whole, he focuses on one mile at a time. One trains, but one must pace. Pacing in the Christian life requires a kind of surrender to the Lord. The things which we are so tempted to hold on to – our finances, our safety, our possessions, we must yield.
I am reminded of our Lord’s words in Luke 17: “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will find it”. How troublesome our own thoughts and plans can be at this point. Sometimes we are like the man who complains he cannot see, while holding a blindfold over his eyes. Lay down your thoughts and your troubles. Render them to God.
And remember, the Israelites were only allowed to take a day’s portion, no more and no less, of the sacred heavenly manna. The Lord supplies us not too little, that we should want, nor too much, that we should grow independent of Him, but just enough. Let us echo the prayer of our Lord, “Give us this day our daily bread . . .” He will supply all our needs.