Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Manna’

Careless Faithfulness

A few weeks ago I was at a fundraising dinner for a community ministry which is near and dear to my heart.  At the end of the evening I felt led by God to give a gift to the ministry.  I joyfully placed my gift into the offering.  I was grateful that I could make the gift.

The next day I received my annual property tax bill.  My property taxes had gone up by 7.5%.  Ouch!  My first thought was in regards to the gift I had given the evening before.  That extra cash would have come in handy.

God was rejoicing while I was fretting.

God loves it when we live with careless faithfulness.

God prefers this over calculated faithfulness or as Oswald Chambers calls it careful infidelity.

In contrast to the generous mercy and grace which God has freely extended to us, most Christians weigh the cost of being faithful.  We are careful not to overextend our time, finances, energy, or selves as we exercise our faith.

While we affirm God’s providence most of us hedge our bets and keep extra grain on the side, just in case God’s providence does not arrive as expected.

When God gave manna to Moses and the freed Hebrew slaves in the wilderness God only gave them enough manna for the day.  If the Hebrews carefully set aside some manna for the next day it spoiled and was not fit for consumption.

Quickly, the Hebrews learned that God would only provide for their daily needs one day at a time.

In America we are hounded to be wise and to save for the rainy day.  I understand this wisdom.  I  continually set aside money for retirement.  However, this wisdom runs contrary to God’s desire that I live with careless faithfulness.

God has covered me on rainy days, yet I still fret and worry.

Careless faithfulness does not come easy for me.

A few days after making my gift and getting my tax bill, I received a gift equal to the gift I had given.

God had everything covered.  I never saw it coming.

Abraham called the place,

the Lord will provide. 

Genesis 22:14

 
Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Leap Day Realities

.

Why is Leap Day in February?  Wouldn’t it be better to have an extra day around one of our three-day summer holiday weekends when we have more sunlight to enjoy?

Perhaps Congress can move Leap Day to either Memorial Day or Labor Day Weekend.  There is still time for this to become a GOP campaign issue before Super Tuesday.

Leap Day is not only an extra day of winter, but it becomes a day when February’s financial savings are diminished.

February is my bank account’s favorite month.  With 2-3 fewer days than other months household salaries, pensions, and social security benefits do not need to stretch as far.

While Leap Year still affords us a bit of elastic, the benefit of the shorter month to our bottom line is lessened.

Daily necessities come regularly and without interruption.  Everyday brings expenses: water, heat, groceries, gasoline, etc.  These expenses are like waves at the beach, which roll-in to shore every minute of everyday.

The regularity of daily expenses is a source of anxiety for many.  Cardinal Wolsey’s political poem speaks to our fears:

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her poor doggie a bone,
When she got there
The cupboard was bare
So the poor little doggie had none.

We fear running out.  It’s this uncertainty that leads people to be hoarders of either trash or their financial stash.

When God led the Hebrew slaves from Pharaoh’s plantations to freedom in the wilderness, the people were more anxious about their daily provisions than celebrating their emancipation.  To ease their anxiety, God provided them daily bread.  (See Exodus 16)

God provided manna on a daily basis.  It could not be hoarded and saved for a rainy day nor for Leap Day.  For forty years the people of God learned to rely on Him, not their banker, to provide their daily needs.

Better have God for your guardian, than the Bank of England for your possession. You might spend the wealth of the Indies, but the infinite riches of God you can never exhaust. (1)

.

Look at the birds of the air: 

they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,

and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 

Are you not of more value than they? (2)

+++

  1. Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening : Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).
  2. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Mt 6:26.

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: