Years ago I lost my job after the firm I was working for lost a major client. Some people I knew at a major corporation heard about it and offered me a contract job. A few days later I was working on a project as a temporary worker doing similar work. The income was just what my wife and I needed to pay our bills.
This made me think about how God provided the Israelites manna as they journeyed in the wilderness. Exodus 16 details how God provided for them in their time of need. Verse 18 tells us, “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.” God gave them exactly what they needed, no more and no less.
There are times in life where God changes how he provides for our need. Sometimes he ceases providing in one way as he opens the door to a new way of provision. In Joshua 5:12, after the Israelites cross the Jordan River into the land God promised them, “The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.”
As I worked my temporary job, I was told that the company was looking to cut back on contractors. I became concerned I wouldn’t have enough income to support my family. At that point I received an interview with another company and within a few weeks I had a full-time job. The temporary work ceased and I started a new job which turned into a long career at the company. The manna and quail disappeared as I ate from God’s provision in a new land.
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