Andy Hollifield 6-27-18
Exodus 16:15 And the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.
Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
I wonder what that would have been like. All you had to do was walk out early every morning with your bucket or pot or basket, and gather an omer of manna for each person in your house. An omer is about 2 liters. Bread in the morning and fresh quail in the evening. The manna could be baked or boiled, ground in mills or in a bowl, or eaten just as it was and tasted like honey wafers. All they had to do was go at the appointed time and gather what their family needed. Think about that for a minute; you walk outside and just gather God’s blessing and provision every morning. In Lamentations 3:22-23 Jeremiah described the Lords blessing like this, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Every morning when they looked out of their tent, there was the blessings and provision of God. They never had to wonder about whether or not it was going to be there because God is faithful. Every morning it was there except on the sabbath and they were told to gather twice as much the day before and prepare it that day and not to attempt to gather or cook on the sabbath. Any other day they tried to keep it overnight it would be stinking and rotten by morning with worms in it. Isn’t it good that God gives us fresh bread from heaven every morning. We don’t have to live on leftovers. Psalms 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of salvation. Selah.
With all of that said, it brings up a question; why do we try to live in the past? Even when we talk about the blessings of the Lord, we always seem to talk about the past. I know I am guilty of it and those are fond memories but that is all that they are, memories. Just days gone by that I look back on with joy. According to God’s word we don’t have to live on that. We can have his blessings new and fresh every morning and all we have to do is ask for them. We don’t have to even go gather them off of the ground like the Israelites did, we just have to pray and open our hearts to receive them. In Malachi 3:10 where it talks about tithing it says that the Lord will “open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Did you catch that? I almost missed a very important word in that verse. He said he would open “you” the windows of heaven. Do you realize that you can have the blessings of God whether anyone else wants them or not? Picture this in your mind: I know there is no time in heaven but I can just see God saying every day when it is morning down here, “I better get the windows open because Andy is going to be calling for me any minute now.” Wouldn’t that be something if we lived so close to God that he expected to hear from us about the same time every morning and planned on it. I can picture God telling an angel “Go and get a blessing whipped up. Andy will be up any minute and he will be hungry.” That may sound ridiculous to you but we would get blessed a lot more if we let our imagination run away with us from time to time. Ephesians 3:20 says “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” I have got a big imagination and God can do exceeding abundantly more than I can imagine, let alone ask. In James 4:2 the bible tells us that “…Ye have not because ye ask not.” God wants to open the windows of heaven and pour, not sprinkle or drip, but pour out blessings on his children. Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we woke every morning looking for the blessings from God?
The title I started with isn’t meant to imply that God can’t or won’t supply ahead of time. Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 6 that God knows all things that we have need of before we ask. He also told them in so many words that if God takes care of the birds and feeds them and knows when one falls, and adorns the lilies with more beauty than Solomon ever had, “Are ye not much better than they?” Jesus died for fallen man, not for birds or dogs or anything else but fallen man. Twice in 1 Corinthians, 6:20 and 7:23, Paul tells us we “are bought with a price.” Ephesians 1:14 calls us a “purchased possession.” It calls you “a purchased possession.” Jesus said “Are YE, not much better than they?” It an individual and personal relationship we have with the Lord. James said “YE have not because YE ask not.” He didn’t say “Y’all.”
Just like the Israelites, God wants to give us fresh bread from heaven every day if we want it. I hope this has been a blessing to you. God has the window open and is waiting to hear from you. He has you “Just enough for today” but he will have more tomorrow. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 6-27-18