SHE has enough
"If it's God it won't spoil."
-Yvonne Orji's Pastor
I was halfway through her Jesus and Jollof podcast, when I heard those words on the last connecting flight to Oakland after a long journey back from the Midwest.
I was nicely wedged in the middle seat so I couldn't shout and snap my fingers like I wanted to, but I managed to rock a little in my seat to those powerful words.
Rewind to over 2000 years ago.
The Israelites had already crossed the Red Sea with Moses and they were safely on the other side. After witnessing such a great miracle and experiencing freedom for the first time in any of their lives, you would think they would still be in full worship mode. But if there is one group of people that modern day Christians can relate to, it's the Israelites.
I, for one, know the feeling of being hangry (hungry + angry). Everything is literally a problem in my mind until I'm fed.
In Exodus 16, the chapter starts off by letting us know that the Israelites are already complaining to Moses and Aaron because they, too, were hangry. So Moses goes and talks to God, pleading for a solution.
So God rains down manna and quail from the skies to feed all the Israelites who probably were starting to see Moses as a drumstick. As usual, God gave Moses strict instructions for the Israelites to follow in order to benefit from all this food:
1. Only get food enough for one day. (On 'Saturday' God provided two days worth of food so they wouldn't have to work on the Sabbath)
2. Don't try to keep any extra food past one day.
Who wants to guess what the Israelites did?
"However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until the morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell..." (v. 20)
You can imagine all the side-eyes they probably received from everyone, especially their neighbors, the next morning when their whole tent smelled like a compost lot.
What areas of our lives are like compost lots?
We try to hold on to things that we know are not within God's will for our lives or the portion that He has already given us. We think that we're getting away with it because no one can smell it...yet.
"The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer (~3 pounds), the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed." (v. 17-18)
When the Israelites followed God's instruction, it didn't matter if someone's portion was a little more or less than their neighbor's, they always had just the amount they needed.
So let's stop trying to peer into the tents of other people'e lives or become greedy for things that are not ours. God knows exactly what we need, and we'll know what is His because it will not spoil.