23rd June 2020
Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth.
19 "Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth,
where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal.
20 Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven,
where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal.
21 For your heart will always be where your riches are. Matthew 6:19-21
What do manna and toilet paper have in common?
Well, all of us are prone to collect, some to the point of hoarding,
and this was evident when the Corona virus hit the public's consciousness.
People were buying all the toilet paper and baking ingredients
they could get their hands on.
As a result, if one ran out, the shelves of the supermarkets were empty.
God knows us through and through;
he sees our fears that can sometimes be the driving force behind out actions.
I wonder if that is why he put a limit on how much manna
the Israelites could collect in the wilderness.
The instructions were to gather only enough for one person per day.
If they collected more it was rotten by the next morning.
However, the day before the Sabbath,
they could collect twice the amount so they would not have to work on their Holy Day,
and the manna was still fresh.
They always had the exact amount that was needed to thrive. (Exodus 16)
God wanted their total trust, their full obedience, their complete devotion.
By putting a limit on the amount he provided,
the Israelites had to look to God for all they needed.
They could not hoard and store the manna,
placing their trust in their provisions;
Ultimately God would be their only provider.
The Corvid pandemic and subsequent global financial crises
have certainly reminded us that the future is not as certain as we thought it was.
How have we responded?
By being more anxious than ever about our money and possessions,
or by focussing on and trusting God?
God provided for us a way of to be saved through his son, Jesus Christ.
God also loves us enough to give us exactly what we need in our physical lives.
All he wants from us is trust, obedience and loving devotion.
By trusting God in all things, we thrive spiritually.
So, what do toilet paper and manna have in common?
The answer lies in the question,
'Are we laying up treasure here on earth or in heaven?'
Where our treasure is, there is our heart.
Earthly treasures rot, only heavenly treasures are forever.
When we trust God to be our only provider,
we will be at peace
even when we're down to our last roll of toilet paper.