Only What You Need

“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 (Exodus 16:17-18, NASB).”

Everyone had all they needed. No excess and no lack. God provided each day exactly the amount of manna the Israelites needed to feed their family. If they tried to hold onto it more for the next day, “it bred worms and became foul (verse 20).” They learned to trust God for their daily needs.

He knows our needs for each day. God wants us to learn to trust him to provide, to wait on Him. He wants us to shed our wants and focus on what we really need. He doesn’t want us to depend on a stockpile of stuff; to put our trust in a warehouse full of things. God wants our heart devoted to Him; to turn to him for our needs.

© 2021, CGThelen

And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. – Luke 12:29-31

9 thoughts on “Only What You Need

  1. I was glad to hear that message again as I wandered into thinking I wanted more this morning. How foolish! Never once in the 78 years of my life so far have I lacked one thing that I needed. God always provides the “daily bread” we require for life.

  2. It’s hard to walk in obedience when we can’t see the outcome (or when we think we have a better idea); but obedience is where God gives us peace. Trust in God is the key, as you point out.

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