In the desert (wilderness) , God provided manna every morning . The Israelites were instructed to take a daily portion and at week’s end, enough for the Sabbath. To ensure compliance, any excess manna would become infested with worms and stink.
In their place of preparation for the Promise Land, God was asking the Israelites to change the way they shopped for groceries. No more trips to the farmer’s market . In stead, an abundant supply of flaky food from heaven lay on the ground. Even their water came from a rock. The wilderness was a hard place _____but God was with there with them. He provided a completely nourishing food because of his love and in daily increments because of His wisdom.
Recently, I heard and read a sermon about the Israelites that was written over twenty years ago, but its truth was to me– a timely word. The principles were the same in Exodus to the writings of Isaiah to records of the Garden of Gethsemane– learned dependence on and obedience to the Father. From that sermon I have one “take away” that caused me to rest and remember that God has a plan: “God’s place at God’s pace.”
And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.