Holding On to Too Much

Author: Abigail Scibiur — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: June 24, 2022

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Holding On to Too Much

Do you get frustrated with the amount of stuff accumulating in your space? For some of us, it’s easy to get things but not as easy to get rid of those items when they are no longer being used. Although the Israelites in the Bible did not necessarily have the issue of accumulating too many possessions, it’s possible that the root cause of their problems was similar to my own when it comes to material possessions. Soon after God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, they needed food. To provide for His people, God sent bread, known as manna, from heaven. Each morning, the Israelites were to gather just enough to last for the day; the exception was on the sixth day of the week when they were to gather enough for the seventh day as well. But when some of the people gathered too much and kept it until the next day (besides the seventh day), the manna bred worms. Because they kept the manna overnight, the very thing they had needed one day became a burden the next. God was inviting His people to depend on Him daily. The Israelites simply needed to trust God and follow His instructions, and they would have enough food to eat (without having to deal with worms). Similarly, God invites us to trust Him daily. Though we should not be wasteful, we sometimes hold on to things too long. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that you have accumulated, maybe it’s time to get rid of some of it and trust God to provide for your needs in the future. • Jennifer Miller • We don’t need to hoard because God cares for us, and He provides for His people. When have you seen God provide for a need in your life? • Are you holding on to something you don’t need that could be a blessing to someone else? Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.” Exodus 16:4a (CSB)


Read Verses:

Exod:16:1-Exod:16:5; Exod:16:14-Exod:16:32; Matthew 6:25-Matthew 6:34