The instructions given by God concerning the manna were very clear: gather it daily except on the sixth day when they
were to gather twice as much to have enough for the following day of rest; each person was allotted one omer;
(equivalent to about three quarts) and the bread was not to stored beyond the prescribed period because it would
become wormy and stink. These directions were given so what was in their hearts could be manifested. Would they obey
God or would they try to store up the manna for future reserves? And, would they attempt to gather the manna on the
seventh day, the day God prescribed as the day of rest?
It is easy to see that this is not just a system of food distribution but rather a test of faith. This was part of the training of
the Israelites to become victorious warriors in Canaan. Faith in God would be at the core of their successes in battle
especially in light of the fact that their opponents were far superior to them in number and experience and ability.
It is important to note that the method of food distribution God prescribed was on a daily basis. The reason this is a key
fact is that it required a stronger walk of faith than had He instructed them to gather enough for a month. If they had been
allowed to gather enough for a month at a time, that storehouse of provision would have been their source of provision
rather than God. God wanted them to look to Him continually which is what the walk of faith is all about.
God’s method of provision for His people has not changed. Look at how He teaches us to pray, “…give us this day our
daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11) and see His command, “…do not worry about tomorrow…” (Matthew 6:34) Can you see the
continuation of what was instituted with Israel? It takes the same walk of faith now to trust God for our provisions as it did
then for them. Even though we don’t go outside each day and gather manna from off the ground, His way of supplying our
needs remains the same – day-by-day. For that reason, we are always looking to our Father rather than hoarding and
worrying about our stash. The good news is that He is always faithful to provide. (Philippians 4:19)
Will you and I learn from the Israelites? Will we also attempt to circumvent the plan of God as they did and do our own
thing? Some of them tried to store up more than what God allotted to them (Exodus 16:20) and their disobedience to God
was apparent in that the stored up food stank and had worms in it. Others thought it best to gather it on the seventh day –
the day God reserved for rest – and they discovered His displeasure with them because of it; there was none to be had on
the Sabbath. (Exodus 16:25-28) If what we store up becomes our source of confidence, we displease the Lord as they did.
If we depend upon our own abilities to supply our needs, we sin against God. If we worry over having enough, we have
essentially called God a liar. He alone is our Source for He is Jehovah Jireh – our God who supplies. The truth is we
cannot please God other than by our walk by faith. (Hebrews 11:6)
This doctrine about our walk of faith is not an acceptance of laziness or a pronouncement of no need for us to work.
Actually our ‘work’ is a gift from God. (Ecclesiastes 3:9-13) A covenant relationship always carries with it the realization that
both parties have a part to play. In this case God is the Provider and we cooperate with Him as we work believing Him to
bless the work of our hands. (Deuteronomy 28:8) What is our work? Our work is not just our job or business but rather it is
anything and everything our hand finds that advances the Kingdom of God, that spreads the Good News of Jesus Christ,
and that brings glory to the Lamb of God. The Kingdom principle is that our work is our means to have something to give
(Ephesians 4:28) and the work of God is to supply our needs. (Matthew 6:33)
The walk of faith is not a hard thing, so please do not make it hard. Faith is simply taking God as His word. Settle this matter
once and for all; God is faithful, He cannot lie, so what He has promised He will do. This is your fuel in your walk of faith. I
call you blessed.
|Learning From Their Journey
|The Walk of Faith
By Bishop Randy Barnett
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people
shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in
My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it
shall be twice as much as they gather daily.’”