Saturday, October 10, 2020

Enough for the Day - Martin Wiles

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 16:18 NLT

At our age in life, I never thought my wife and I would be them … but we are.

“You know what we are?” I asked my wife one day.

“What?” she asked.

“Hustlers,” I said. And she agreed.

Our lives had taken on the nature of the 1970’s sitcom, “Good Times.” The family lived in one of the worse parts of Chicago, Illinois. The mom stayed home to care for the family while the father tried to make enough money for them to pay bills and maintain their rat-trap apartment.

Hustle can mean to hurry up, but in our case—and on the sitcom—it meant to hurry up and try to find a way to pay the bills before the services were cut off or before they were evicted.

My wife and I felt their pain. Health problems prevented her from working full-time, and my income wasn’t enough to cover the bills. So we hustled. Every little job that would earn us $10 here and $20 there, we took and applied to our past due bills. We lived—and trusted God—one day at a time. And He met our needs … one day at a time.

He did the same for the children of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. They complained because they had nothing to eat, so God sent them quail, and He provided manna daily for their bread. If they gathered more than they should have, it rotted—except on the sixth day when they could gather twice as much to get them through the Sabbath.

Every time my wife and I think we might get ahead, God keeps us at the one-day-at-a-time point. I suppose He wants us to trust Him as the children of Israel did. Perhaps He knows what I don’t know, such as what I might do with the funds if I got ahead. Perhaps I wouldn’t use them wisely. Maybe I would start trusting my own ingenuity instead of relying on Him.

Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow because each day had enough trouble of its own. Never a truer word has been spoken. I think Jesus meant for us to trust Him each day to provide us with what we need. And each day, He will give exactly what we need.

Trust God to give you just enough each day.

Prayer: Father, we trust You with our needs … one day at a time.

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