Plan For Tomorrow, But Don’t Worry About It
It is written, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have heard the murmurings of the people of Israel; say to them, at twilight, you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ In the evening the quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning, dew lay round about the camp. And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as hoarfrost on the ground. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.’” (Exodus 16:10-15 RSV)
I love this passage for two reasons. First, God promised to sustain His people and He delivered on His promise. The conditions were harsh for the Israelites on their journey out of Egypt. The people were cold, tired, and hungry. God heard their prayers and answered with an abundance of food to fill their bellies and to keep them strong.
The second reason I love this passage is how the Israelites responded when they saw the bread flakes on that first morning. They said, “What is it?” When translated in Hebrew, their question means “manna”. I love their response, because I believe that’s how Christians respond to God’s blessings today.
I’m a planner and I believe it’s important to have an idea of where my life is going and have a set of goals that I’m striving for on a continual basis. However, I also believe that God has a plan and it’s important that I’m aligned with His plan. I get frustrated when my plans don’t work out, which happens more often than I would like. I become weary about the future for my family and can lose sleep at night as I struggle to figure out what to do next to ensure my wife and kids are cared for and that I’m on the right path to prosperity and peace.
The problem is that I lean on my own understanding and forget that God is my partner and my Lord. Just like He had a plan for the Israelites, He has a plan for me. The Holy Spirit fills my soul with the desires from the Lord and a promise that He will sustain me, yet when He does send “manna” from Heaven, I often don’t recognize His blessings.
Why do I fight so hard to sustain my family, when God has already promised me that He will handle it? Is it a lack of faith? Is it a lack of understanding? Is it a lack of relationship with the Lord? I honestly cannot answer that question at this point in my journey. But I do know this, God is with me and He is with you.
I will continue to strive to be the best I can be during my time in this world and honor the Lord, but I will do so with an understanding that God will send manna for me. Although I must plan for my future, I also will not worry about it, for God promised to fulfill the Holy Spirit led desires of my heart. My manna comes every day in the form of blessings specially prepared for me and your manna comes everyday as well.
So, when the days get tough and the nights are long and filled with despair, just remember that when the morning dew disappears and your day begins, God will send manna to sustain you for another day. Don’t fret about tomorrow for God will be with you now and forever.
Can you recognize your manna? It’s there, in plain sight, “what is it?”