“The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered
little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed”.

Ex 16:17, 18 NIV

A community belongs together. To a certain extent they sink and swim together. But they can only exist and thrive when they all pull together.

That is how the Israelites were in the desert. They were locked together in their use of the oh-so-slender resources at their disposal. While Moses was quite familiar with the life of the desert, and how to make the most of what there was, they had a harder time. But Moses not only knew the desert, he knew the God of the desert. He knew that God had built into the wilderness resources enough for survival. It wasn’t “a strange coincidence” that there was food on which to survive. Long before his people were in this emergency, he had prepared for it. He had created quails and the system of the flakes that grow by night and make manna. And maybe it was in his providential foresight that also led Moses into the desert in his early years – so that he would be ready with knowledge of the desert for when the people would rely on it.

Believe that God has similarly provided for your needs long before you have come along with them. Whilst humans have had to build dams to conserve the water, God has worked out the cycle of clouds-rain-water-rivers-human, animal and plant life. Similarly with food.

Be grateful for God’s forethought and for the rhythms of nature on which your life depends.


Lord, thank you for the rhythms of nature that sustain human existence.