September 27th 2013 No comments yet
I’m going to be perfectly honest with you: there is nothing I want to be doing less than writing a blog today. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been dealing with a communicatory and financial mess up with an apartment, and I have been sleeping a lot less because of the stress. My schedule is completely off, my exercise routine is shot, and worry and doubt are seeping in. I am completely physically and emotionally drained today. And I have at least 400 words to go on this thing.
Today is a day that I have needed for a long time because today there is no way I’m making it to bedtime tonight without leaning totally on God to get me through it.
That may seem like a funny thing to say, that I “need” to struggle through a day. But in the long run, I really do. I need to be reminded just how much I need God on a daily basis. A couple of weeks ago I was feeling pretty good because I was just cruising through life. Good job, fun times, no real worries. I was kicking life in the pants, and everything was going according to the plan I had laid out. I didn’t need God to help anymore. I got this.
Times when life is going ok are great; there’s nothing wrong with them. But if you’re like me, those times can lead to thinking that you’re doing fine on your own, thank you very much, and you don’t particularly need much help from anyone to make it to the next day. In this train of thought, God goes from being someone who you look to daily for provision to being a polite spectator witnessing how well you’re doing. To use an awful sports euphemism, God is too good at what He does to watch from the sidelines.
I finally made it to one of Steve Farrar’s studies this past Wednesday, and the topic was manna. I’m sure you’re familiar with the old story of how God provided food to the Israelites in the desert in the form of manna, which would come with the dew in the morning and have to be gathered each day. It’s commonly used as an illustration of being faithful that God will provide.
What I didn’t realize before was just how faithful the Israelites had to be. God commanded them to collect a certain amount each day, one omer for each person. How God showed His faithfulness is Sermon-On-the-Mount-esque.
The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed. (Exodus 16: 17-18)
By the end of the gathering, each Israelite would have enough manna to get them through that day and that day only. No going home and saving for tomorrow, no going to bed reassured that you will have food the next day. Every night, the Israelites had to go to sleep trusting that God would provide enough for the next day.
How terrifying does that sound? We save for the future, we plan out our lives, but how many times have you gone to bed with nothing for the next day, trusting that God will provide? How many times have you been emotionally or physically spent and thought, “God will send manna, he will provide relief for me in this wilderness”? I know I don’t.
The best part is God does provide, unfailingly and exactly when we need it. Everything we have comes from the hand of God. Every single thing, every single day, comes from Him. When we have nothing left to give, we need to lean on Him to get us through a day. When we don’t know where the next payday or meal is coming from, trust Him to provide. On a normal Tuesday when everything is going fine, realize you need His help and grace to resist sin. He will be there.
We need God every second of every day. It’s a shame we often get to the point of breaking to realize it.
723 words, praise God for getting me through this blog post.
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