I’ve been reminded so many times recently about how we shouldn’t rely on yesterday’s revelations from God for today. We need fresh strength each morning. Don’t rely on your Sunday worship experience to keep you going throughout the week till Saturday. Don’t depend on the leftovers to keep you going. The Bible says that God’s mercies are new every morning. What does that mean? It means that today is a new day, with new revelations, renewed strength and new grace from God. For TODAY.
The Old Testament gives us this incredible history of the Israelites, who were a group of people who followed God. They had been stuck in slavery in Egypt, overworked, overlooked and feeling helpless. You know the story, Moses tells Pharaoh he must let the Israelites go, but Pharaoh refuses, so God sends plague after plague. Eventually, Pharaoh agrees, Moses parts the Red Sea, Pharaoh’s army drown and the Israelites cross the other side. But the part I want to focus on comes next. The Israelites are heading to the Promised Land, but after crossing the Red Sea they end up in the wilderness for 40 years…without food and without water. They complained to Moses saying that they would rather have died in Egypt where they could eat all they wanted than die in the wilderness. And I don’t blame them! But the Bible says that God provided manna (bread from heaven) for them every morning for 40 years without fail.
Exodus 16:4 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.’” Verse 19 says, “Then Moses said to them, ‘no one is to keep any of it until morning.’”
Despite what Moses instructed them, some of the Israelites kept some manna for the next morning. But when morning came, the manna they kept was full of maggots and started to smell!
What I want to ask you is, are you stashing away manna for tomorrow? Are you keeping the leftovers of yesterday’s time with God for today? Are you so focused on worrying about whether God will come through for you tomorrow that you forget that his grace and his mercy are covering TODAY?
Matthew 6:34 says, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
The Israelites spent 40 years – that’s 14,610 days – without food and water, trusting that every single morning God would come through for them. And he proved himself faithful.
In the same way that the Israelites needed God to sustain them each and every morning, we also need God to sustain us each and every morning. Don’t depend upon your Sunday time with God at church to sustain you throughout the week – we need to be spending daily time with God and receive his strength and his mercy for us daily! And yes it might mean that you need to clear your schedule or get up 15 minutes earlier in the day, but I absolutely guarantee you that your day will be FILLED with more joy, more peace, more strength and more grace than before. And I can tell you that the more you seek God every day, the more you want to seek God every day. He is my saviour, my best friend, my joy, my peace and the only thing in my life worth following.
Love, T xo.