Date: Monday, September 9
Scripture: Exodus 16:1-8, 13-21
Verse: Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. (Exodus 16:4)
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has started a campaign encouraging people, especially young people, to save money. The name of the campaign is the website URL: feedthepig.org – an homage to the piggy bank, I assume. They give tips on saving money, putting something away every week for “future you.” They remind us all the importance of saving something for a rainy day.
The Israelites followed Moses out of Egypt with nothing but what they could carry. They had been slaves of the Pharaoh, so it’s not like they would have had much to bring anyway. There was no place to buy food, nothing to hunt, and did not have time to stay in place to try to farm the land. God provided quail and manna (Hebrew for “What is this?”) for the Israelites to eat in the wilderness. God gave them enough every day. They were not to gather more than they needed for a day (double on Friday so they wouldn’t have to gather on the Sabbath), and to trust God to give to provide for them again the next day.
When we pray the words Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread,” it is easy to skip over the word “daily.” Jesus doesn’t have us pray for a lifetime of bread, a month’s worth, or even enough the get through the week. No, we are just to pray for a day’s worth. Jesus is reminding his disciples, and us, of how God provided for his people even as they wondered in the wilderness. So too will he provide for them then, and us now. We need to trust in that promise.
I don’t know about you, but this is a lesson I need to re-learn. I’ve become awfully convinced the only person I can rely upon for my future is me. I need to put my future back in the hands of God, even as I feed the pig so there is money for those future expenses.
Prayer: Teach me again, O Lord, of your generous provision for my needs today.
Action: Spend some time on feedthepig.org. Get some tips and make a savings plan.
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