Enough For Today: by Kate Elizabeth Conner
Here’s an annoying thing about God: He doesn’t give us as much as we want. Of anything. We want to see the whole path but He usually only gives us enough light for the step that we’re on. We want to have enough money to last a lifetime– so that we don’t have to worry. So that we can volunteer and entertain and parent and grandparent and serve and rest and give without hesitation. But God is not really in the business of setting us up for life. We say “So I don’t have to worry,” and He hears, “So I don’t have to trust.”
Here is a gorgeous thing about God: He always gives us enough. Meditate on that. He doesn’t give us as much as we want, but He always, always gives us enough. Not enough for the week or the month or the year – but enough for today.
If our satisfaction hinges on our feeling safe in our own power and planning, our satisfaction will always be at our fingertips, but never in our hands. We will be hamsters on wheels chasing after “enough” for tomorrow, then the next day, then the next day.
Enough money, enough strength, enough health, enough forgiveness, enough grace. But there can be no spiritual hoarding in the kingdom of God.
In the Old Testament, when God’s people were wandering in the desert, and they were unsatisfied in every way – tired, weary, hungry, and scared – God rained down bread from the sky: manna. He literally opened up the clouds and poured out provision and hope. And there is this wonderful phrase, He said, “Those who gathered little did not have too little, and those who gathered much did not have too much.” Because God’s grace is in direct proportion to our need. However much you need, you get.
If, in that desert, you gathered more manna than you needed for the day, it spoiled. Always enough, never too much. For years God’s people had to get up every morning to collect their bread from heaven – and it was always enough, for today. God doesn’t give weekly bread (or yearly bread, or 3 months worth of living expenses-bread) – He gives us daily bread.
We cannot hoard God’s grace for a rainy day. We can only walk outside of our tents and gather exactly what we need for this day. His manna is new every morning. His mercies are new every morning. We don’t need enough for a year to be satisfied. We only need enough for today. And in Christ, we have enough for infinite todays.
Allow your soul to be satisfied with grace for today. When you need more, there will be more. But for this moment, breathe and be satisfied.
July 28, 2015