Exodus 16:4

How often do we say “I wish it were Friday” or “I wish it were summer” of “I wish tomorrow would hurry up and get here?” There is a story in the Bible that illustrates this idea.

In Exodus 16 God told Moses that he would feed the people of Israel by having food called manna fall from the sky each day. He said “I will rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day.” But the people of Israel though they had a better idea than God had, so some of them gathered more than they needed that day. It didn’t work, because the extra manna became rotten and smelled even worse. The people were trying to take care of tomorrow when it wasn’t necessary.

This story about Israel should remind us that we sometimes want to take on more than one day at a time. We like to think ahead and worry about what might happen in the future. There is a song about “one day at a time,” which asks God to show us the way through life one day at a time. The song has a Bible basis.

The Bible teaches us that there is enough to take care of today, and we should trust God to take care of the future. Today we can do what God wants us to do and not get ahead of what God is doing in our lives. The Bible says that “today is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2) and we need to be sure that today we have received God’s salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. Then we can truly trust God to take care of our future.

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