In Exodus 16, we are met with how our God can provide all we need. In this place, we see His plenty. The question I want to ask you today is this: How are you trusting the Lord to be your plenty (more than enough)?
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”
Exodus 16:4-5 NLT
Each day’s food was provided for them. While they could hoard like we may be tempted to do in the midst of a pandemic, He taught them important lessons through it. Notice how on the following day, with the exception of Sundays, the left overs had maggots crawling all over their spoiled food.
Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.
I can see quite a bit of myself in this single chapter. The Israelites are giving complaints and hoarding their resources. While I am not recovering from a physical time of slavery, I have my own set of circumstances. My trials have shaped me and taught me of my need to trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. But, complaining can become an easy trap to fall into, for anyone.
While the Lord was giving the people plenty and teaching them to trust Him, they continued to air their complaints against God. God is the One who is in full control and loves us far more than words. Yet so often, we forget that He isn’t only giving us enough… He is giving us more than enough. He has given us plenty.
In this physical realm, it may seem like we have not been given enough – much less plenty. There is a quote floating around that “when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.” Through the Bible, we get to meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ up close and personal. Yet in our hearts consumed with trials and worry, we have to consider if we will trust His plenty or our trials. This is not an easy passage to wrestle with, but it is a worthwhile one.
The problems we face are hard and honest struggles. We face things such as homelessness, abuse, chronic illnesses and more. Our God is much bigger than we are, and knows exactly what we need to do. [Get as far away from abuse as you can. That’s never something our Lord would want you to stay in.]
We need the Lord Jesus and His Church to remind us of His truths and His Words. Coming together in community and following the Lord Jesus is what it’s all about! How are you taking notice of His plenty? And reminding Christ following friends of His plenty?
Three quick tips for sharing plenty with friends:
(1) Recognize their needs.
(2) Point them to our King Jesus who is present with us in the storms of life.
(3) Speak this truth: He can stop the storm or carry us through it.
And pray with them, friends. Sit with them while they wait for the Lord to “show up” in their trials.