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No Excess and No Lack


“It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat… This is what the LORD has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’The sons of Israel did so, and some gathered much and some little. When they measured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat. Moses said to them, “Let no man leave any of it until morning.” Exodus 16: 15-19


The Israelites are given manna to eat, which is comparable to the sweet bread we receive in the mornings during our daily devotions.


There's a certain responsibility and accountability we have with God in doing our daily devotions. It is the very food that sustains us for the day, given to us by God Himself. But the amount which is given to us is not God’s decision, but rather our own. He says, “Gather of it every man as much as he should eat.” It’s all you can eat. But literally, just all you can eat. Nothing more, nothing less.


We can chose to get something meaningful out of our devotions each time we have them


“You shall seek Me and find Me if you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 13.


But when you gather more manna in the morning, leave none of it until the next morning.


When do you take in more food? It’s when you need more energy: exercising, working, moving about.  With more Bread we gather, we have this accountability with God to expend the calories we ate.


Has God revealed to you an awesome devotional? Have you gathered more that day? He fed you more that morning, having His people in mind; therefore, be of service to Him by intentionally sharing Jesus’ love with others. Also, you’ve gathered more as a testament to God that you intend on being of greater service for Him today.


Are you hungry for His Word? You are hungry when you haven’t had enough to eat: exercise your faith during the day, and then hunger for the Word in the mornings; the hunger will motivate you to search around the camp for the areas where manna was not picked up.


Don’t leave your manna out there - it melts by the heat of the day. As God has given you manna, don’t just hold it. Eat it. Then, move - God gave you energy for a reason. Share your devotionals, do something nice for someone (with the intention of sharing Jesus’ love and not your own), go talk to that friend He’s been telling you about—and thus fulfill your purpose and expend the energy of your manna for the day.  “Let no man leave any of it until morning.”


“Give us each day our daily bread.”  Luke 11: 3


Tomorrow, do it again.




Tatiana Kim is a Junior studying Nutrition at Andrews University and is originally from New Jersey.


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