November 1, 2020 by Kgalalelo
It is the beginning of November and we have come a long way. Nobody thought that we would find ourselves where we are today. Time flies, from where we began in January 2020 to now. Next month will be the last of this year and it surely was a rocky year. I guess in the midst of the storm, we need to look at the bright side. Surely goodness and mercy did come out of the challenges that most people faced this year.
We only have to look close enough to find the silver lining on the cloud. I know that it sounds weird considering the circumstances but I am looking, nonetheless, and instead of focusing on what could have gone wrong or what did go wrong this year, I choose to look at what went right this year. I see God’s loving-kindness all around me and am grateful for all that He has done for me and my family.
I am grateful that we are still here today enjoying the sunshine and though we had to minimise our activities across the globe, we spend so much time together as families, cooked more meals than any other time in history, played with our kids and just relaxed. It feels like it was time for taking things slow this year and reducing the hustle and bustle that most of us go through daily.
It was a time for quiet contemplation for most people and God’s grace indeed has been with us. We all weep with those who’ve gone through incredible pain this year, having lost loved ones and we stand together in prayer.
On this day, I was reminded of how the Bible comes alive when we are going about the business of the day even if we are not doing much.
I was having dinner alone some time back and didn’t have much appetite so couldn’t finish my food. I didn’t have a refrigerator where I was and thinking about the left-over food and how it would spoil the next day since the days’ temperatures were quite high, I didn’t know what to do with the food. I thought about the ants too and how they would visit the plate even if I did cover the food but could not force myself to finish. I simply could not preserve the food and I had only eaten a little.
My mind took me to an event in Exodus 16 in the Bible. The Israelites had just come out of Egypt and were hungry and grumbling to Moses and Aaron. God sent them manna to eat, so each family was to gather as much as they needed for the day. Moses gave then an instruction not to keep any of it until morning. “However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell” (Exodus 16:20).
God could have easily preserved the surplus manna for them but He wanted to test the Israelites’ ability to follow instructions and obey Him. It was only on the sixth day when they were instructed to gather more and save some until the morning because it was to be the day of Sabbath. “So, they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it” (Exodus 16:24).
The attitude of poverty could have influenced the Israelites to keep more than required on the first day but they learnt the hard way. What they had preserved decayed and during the day, the manna melted. This shows that they did not trust the God of the manna to bring forth more for the next day.
God’s intention was to give the Israelites fresh produce every day and they did not understand this. There were no refrigerators nor cooling rooms to store the food. They had to eat their fill for that day only and await the next day to gather manna again. Their short-sightedness could not allow them to grasp God’s plan. They did not comprehend the revelation of how Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden before they fell from grace.
The first humans, lived without worrying about their next meal in the beginning. They had the awareness that everything was provided for in abundance daily. They did not even think about gathering the food and storing it for tomorrow. They knew for certain that their daily bread would come.
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He said they should say, “give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). God’s daily provision is on autopilot. He is always ready with the next supply. There is supply for every demand. When we approach things in the manner that God wants us to, we would know that our provision would come the next day no matter what.
Things may look bleak today or you might be having just enough for this day; take heart, for tomorrow will come and God will provide the same way He does today. In the Garden of Eden, water and food were bountiful for God’s creation, that is, people, animals, birds and the fish in the sea.
The manna from heaven was more than enough for everyone, each day, and for the rest of the trip to the Promised Land, no matter how long the Israelites travelled. When Jesus multiplied the five loaves and fish in Matthew 14:13-21, everyone was fed. The bible says there were about 5000 men, not counting women and children. “They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” (Matthew 14:20).
Jesus thanked God and broke the loaves for the disciples to feed the crowd. He says in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” When you know that with God nothing is impossible, you will know that tomorrow is already catered for, therefore there’s no need to invite worry into your life by thinking about what tomorrow holds.
For Jesus tells us in Matthew 6: 25-34, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow.
They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
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Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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