Daily reading: 4 June
Something to read
Moses said to them, 'It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: “Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.”'
- Exodus 16:15-16 from the full passage Exodus 16:13-26.
Something to think about
Even after God freed the Israelites out of Egypt and after seeing first hand God’s miraculous powers, some of the Israelites still struggled to trust God for their daily provision by taking more food than they needed to.
Because they could not guarantee the food for the next day in their own power, they tried to take control of the situation instead of trusting God for his promise of provision for the next day.
Do you trust God? Despite God’s faithfulness throughout our life, we can still doubt God. Life happens and we all know it isn’t always easy; but, when the challenging times do come, when we can’t guarantee ‘food for the next day,’ God is looking for how we react. Trust is a choice.
Like the Israelites who had to daily choose to trust that God would bring food for the next day, we need to make the daily decision to trust God even when we don’t know what tomorrow holds. We too can choose to be grounded in the truth that God is good and only wants good for us.
Something to do
Make a list of all the times God has been faithful in your life. If we start with a foundation of God’s goodness, it will make it easier to trust. Then, spend time with the Holy Spirit today and ask God to reveal any areas you may need to exercise trust. Make the decision today to begin to trust God in ALL areas of your life.
Something to pray
O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things.
By St. Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556
Today’s contributor is Kirsten Arding, Canadian missionary to the UK and Administrative Assistant to AOG GB Missions.
Published on 04 June 2021