little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them.
Morning by morning they gathered it, each as much as he could eat; but when the sun grew hot, it melted.
On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, he said to them, “This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’” So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it. Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.” (Exodus 16:13-26 ESV)
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:3 ESV)
Occasionally the Lord’s blessings come in large packages and are too numerous to count. The typical way however is not that way at all. Since we also are sojourners—pilgrims—on the way to the Promised Land of heaven, our experience will be very similar to that of the Children of Israel. There is rarely an overabundance for the day, but, on the other hand, there is always enough to sustain us to the next.
We don’t like “small” and have a hard time being thankful for “small.” Our focus is always on the sky to figure out when the next shipment of quail and manna will arrive. I don’t know about you, but I'm tired of being a slave to the small. As great as quail and manna are, I’d rather be focused on our heavenly Father and His Word. He is “big” and He is good and knows how to give good gifts. I’m striving to be thankful for whatever He sends my way. My goal is to let Matthew 6 determine my attitude about physical, emotional and spiritual needs and God’s all-sufficient grace. It’s there we read:
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34 ESV)