The Small Things – Exodus 16:4, 11, 31

“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Behold, I am about to rain down bread from heaven for you,
and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day…
At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’…
Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white,
and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”

Exodus 16:4, 11, 31

There is a detail I love about this provision from God. His people needed food as they followed Him in the wilderness, and He provided it – but He did not stop at the bare minimum. He could have given them something bland but filling and still displayed faithfulness to provide. But He did more. He made it sweet. “Like wafers made with honey.” In His goodness, their God went above their need to provide something delightful to their senses. Simply because He chose to do so.

His provision for us is not minimal, either. He sees our need, and He will meet it. It might not fit our expectations, but it will perfectly fit our need, and His goodness will cover it and be demonstrated within it. There will be evidence in this provision that our God is one of strength, power, rich kindness, and abundant grace.

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price…Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food” (Isaiah 55:1-2). While this passage in Isaiah is more metaphorical, not talking strictly about literal food, it captures the abundance of God’s provision for us. It also bridges the gap between the basic food provisions the Israelites needed and the other needs we encounter, whether on a daily basis or in certain seasons of our lives.

Our God wants us to come to Him, looking to Him to provide our needs. Listening diligently, obeying His voice, wisely using the resources He gives us – and not panicking at an unknown future.

Because it is not unknown to Him, our Provider. He will give what is needed, and in doing so He will demonstrate to us that He is the Lord our God. And we will see more clearly what that means.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8). He is good to us. He will not fail to provide. And He is going to do so in a way that is intentionally good for you, because you are His. He knows you. He knows all of your details. Perhaps that is why He likes to provide for us in ways that reflect the honey-flavored manna of the Israelites, to show how intimately He is aware of us. Down to the small things. He cares about those small things, because He cares about you.

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