I’m growing, but I still have pack-rat tendencies.
There are still a few objects that I have a really hard time getting rid of: screws, bolts, springs, various parts that I have no idea what they are or what they are for, old shirts, ratty jeans, and “important” papers that will probably in reality remain unnecessary until well after Jesus returns.
I keep these things because, hey…you never know when you might need them. Which has proven itself true maybe about three times in my life. There was that one time that I was able to use a spring, then I needed some ratty jeans for a paint job, and I just so happened to still have an “important” paper. But mostly, it just piles up and makes it to where sometimes I cannot find things that I actually need.
Now, this is not a HUGE problem. I do not need to go on that Hoarders show…at least not yet. But at root I have the same heart issue. And I am guessing you might too.
Hoarding in Exodus
We see this same tendency manifest itself in Exodus 16. The people of Israel are starving in the wilderness. God provides manna. But he is only going to provide it every morning. They cannot keep it. (except before the Sabbath—when there will not be any that morning).
If you try to hoard manna you get a mouth full of worms and stank when you try to chomp into in the morning.
But even though they are warned of the worm and stank deal, there are some people that try to keep the manna for tomorrow…because, hey can I really be sure that it will be there in the morning? And so some of them kept some manna around just in case.
You see the reason why God does this is because He wants the Israelites to know that He is a daily God. “His mercies are new every morning”. He also wants them to know that their relationship of faith and trust is also a daily necessity. Our God is an everyday is God.
Or at least He should be.
A Daily God
But I must confess that often I do not have a daily experience of God’s grace. My relationship with God is often more like a roller coaster, with extreme highs and lows. I am convinced that our relationship with God is more like the Thunder River than the Screamin’ Eagle; a long, slow journey together through various dips, waterfalls, etc. rather than a quick jaunt up and down huge inclines and declines.
As I reflect on Exodus 16 I begin to wonder whether part of the reason why God doesn’t seem like a daily God is because I hoard. Like the stupid servant in Luke 19 I bury talents, treasures, “manna”, in the hopes of being able to keep it…you know, just in case.
God isn’t calling us to keep things for tomorrow, “just in case”. God is calling us to live by faith everyday so that we can see the wonders of a relationship with a daily God. Today I want to enjoy this day and not have a hoarding mentality that tries to protect tomorrow.
For an amazing look at this Manna Principle I would suggest purchasing Ed Welch’s book Running Scared.
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