Manna

Part of my battle with anxiety is trying to see how things are going to turn out. I see what I want to happen, then drive myself crazy trying to figure out how it’s going to happen, or more specifically, how I can make it happen. But, God tells me over and over again that it’s not my job to figure it out. In fact, He tells me in his Word that I am not nearly smart enough.

Some examples:

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Proverbs 20:24 “A man’s steps are determined by the Lord, so how can anyone understand his own way?”

Job 31:4 “Does He not see my ways and number all my steps?”

Exodus 16 contains the story of the Israelites and the manna. God provided food for his people during their time in the wilderness in the form of this strange bread-like substance. They were to gather it every morning, enough for each day. Moses gave them specific instructions not to keep any over night. Of course, some of them did not follow directions and left some manna until the next day, when they found it stinky and filled with worms.

God gives me everything I need for each day, no more no less. I have the energy and resources I need to do the work He has for me, one day at a time. When I try to do more, my work is nothing but smelly, maggot-filled, useless crap. My focus is not on the task at hand, but way down the road where I have no control. I get anxious thinking about all the work I have to do to to finish the job, when all I need to do is finish what is in front of me.

The things I work so hard to make happen are not worth having, compared to what God has in mind. His ways are higher than ours and His imagination far exceeds anything my puny little brain can create.

So, relax and focus on today.

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