It must have been difficult for the people to gather only what they needed to eat for the day, especially that first week manna fell from heaven. We may want to be sympathetic with the Israelites’ struggle, or we may want to blast them for their distrust, but if we are honest, we do so because we see too much of ourselves in them.
The Israelites revealed hearts of greed and distrust when they refused to follow God’s instructions and attempted to hoard the manna. When we seek to hoard what God has given to us, which is everything, we reveal the same hearts. Our greed drives us to seek what we need, what we want, what will make us happy. And at the same time, we declare to God, intentionally or unintentionally: “I do not trust You. I do not believe You know what I need and want. I do not believe You care. I do not believe You know what is best.” The reality is that we are just as susceptible to these moments as Israel was. We rationalize our hoarding just as easily, just as persuasively. And because of this, we are to be just as grateful to God for His mercy, the mercy that falls freely from heaven that we depend on so greatly every morning.
What are some things you might be hoarding today: time, possessions, relationships, etc.?