I am so honored to guest post for the inspiring Amanda Wells today. She is the wife of a third generation farmer and a mother of 6 little ones. She was one of the first people to reach out to me after moving to our new home in Jacksonville, Florida. I enjoyed a lovely evening at her church (Turning Point at Calvary in St. Augustine) for their women’s ministry banquet. You will want to visit her site and get to know her heart! I love her writing and so will you!
Boy, do I know how to borrow trouble?!
My mind thinks, “Why waste time when I can worry about tomorrow, today?”
It is in my nature as a “planner” and a “fixer” to fret over what MAY happen. “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” is my motto.
Jesus has been teaching me much these last years about “letting go”, as in worrying about the future or trying to prepare too far in advance. I can worry and fret about things that may never actually become a reality!
In essence, worry is feeling bad about what HASN’T happened.
What a waste of time AND emotion?!
I was reminded of this as I read through Exodus 16 and saw how intrinsic it was for some of the Israelites to try and gather enough manna for tomorrow’s need. They had been instructed by Moses to only gather enough for today. They were NOT to gather more than they needed for that one day.
When the LORD rained the manna down from heaven, which was a miracle in and of itself, He gave the specifics about the limitations as a test of their obedience- to see whether they would follow His instructions (Exodus 16:4-5). God always has an intention to benefit our faith through any and every means. Even the simple act of acquiring food was to have the goal of building trust and obedience in the Israelites.
By giving the limit of how much they were to gather, this tested whether they would trust Him to meet tomorrow’s need. It seems human nature to live in God’s provision and faithfulness today but then fret about the likelihood of it happening tomorrow.It seems human nature to live in God’s provision and faithfulness today yet fret about the likelihood of it happening tomorrow. Click To Tweet
I know this tendency first hand.
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