“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Yesterday’s Manna Won’t Keep
(Please read Exodus 16:22-27)
Our title and some material here is borrowed from an article by N.E. Rhodes Jr., a fine preacher, now deceased, who brought many people to the Lord. He told how the Israelites were to gather only one day’s supply of manna each morning. Any leftovers would spoil overnight, except that on the sixth day they gathered enough to last through the Sabbath, and it didn’t spoil. He suggested that too many Christians are trying to get by on yesterday’s manna. They love to talk about that sinner they brought to Christ some time ago, but what have they done lately?
Why do people so often rest on the fading laurels of yesteryear without giving much thought or effort to the needs of today? Is it that we fall in love with modern conveniences, entertainment, and recreation opportunities?
It’s possible that we become discouraged too quickly because we find that sowing the seeds of the kingdom inevitably includes a lot of wasted effort. That is seen in Jesus’ parable of the sower. His work over stony ground and among thorns proved to be wasted because the seed didn’t take root and grow. Farmers know this, but they keep on plowing and planting.
Constancy is the key here. Brother Rhodes wrote, “Our greatest danger is not the wolfishness of the devil’s wolves but the sheepishness of the Lord’s sheep.” May the Lord sustain us and help us to work and wait patiently for some of those seeds of the kingdom to bear fruit. For Paul has assured us, “Your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NAS).