As part of my work, I have conversations with women often about the need to stop worrying. Stop worrying that you aren't enough. Stop worrying that you don't do enough. Stop worrying that you don't have enough.
Enough for today. I've already talked about this in a previous post but it has been on my heart to talk more about God's exact provisions.
In Exodus, we learn about the Lord providing manna for the people of Israel and in that story it is stressed over and over again that when they go out to pick the manna, that they should only pick enough for their daily needs. That God would provide exactly what each family needed - nothing more and nothing less.
So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed - Exodus 16:17-18 (NLT)
Each family had just what it needed.
Let that sink in.
God provides exactly what we need for today only. He's not looking at the end of the month, tomorrow, or next year. Today only. Keeping nothing for tomorrow or it would spoil. Don't you dare try to do more than you are supposed to because it will backfire. Your humanness will cause chaos in your life. We are often quick to give too much credit to the enemy for the distraction and chaos in our lives. But truth be told, in many cases, it is our flat out disobedience to God's plan that causes unnecessary spoiling.
Some of the people went out anyway on the seventh day, but they found no food. The Lord asked Moses, "How long will these people refuse to obey my commands and instructions?" - Exodus 16:27-28 (NLT)
I don't know about you but when I read the Lord's Word asking "How long will these people refuse to obey my commands and instructions?" it makes me stop a little. It makes me look at some of the daily battles that I fight and think how they still might be a battle (after years of prayer!) due to my disobedience. That my humanness is causing the chaos. That if I simply followed through on what I know is being told to me in my heart, that there would be less stress.
God provides exactly what we need for today only. He's not looking at the end of the month, tomorrow, or next year. When we look to tomorrow or next month we are putting ourselves in scarcity mode. In distrust mode. In lack of faith mode. I don't want to operate in those modes. It's exhausting.
Let's work on this together shall we? Together building that trust and faith that God's exact provisions will cover us and our needs. Nothing more and nothing less. Exact.