I was at a conference last month, and one of the speakers said “Work the Word”, I am not sure the scenario she reflected, because my mind instantly caught that as an image and off it went. Of course to James 1:22, “Be doers of the word not just hearers”. But also, “Manna”. Yes, manna. And how our Pastor had us sign our name to commit to reading the entire bible in a year. I know it sounds busy, it was one of those moments we all have every now and then when we hear something, and it hooks and gets caught in our mind, it’s so quick.
When I got home, I looked at my second week of the lesson for the ladies’ bible study I’m a part of, and I realized I had written Plan and Prepare. I wrote “work the word” right next to it. And then I wrote “manna” in the morning.
When we read our bible in the morning, we are taking in His word as our nourishment for the day. Jesus said in one of His “I Am” statements in John that He is the “Bread of Life”. In Exodus, when the Israelite’s gathered their manna for the day in the morning, they only gathered what they needed for one day (unless it was the day before the Sabbath, for if they gathered too much it would be full of maggots and smell). No matter how much or how little they gathered, it was enough. They had what they gathered to ‘use’ for the day, so the ‘plan’ was to accept their portion for the day from God. They did not eat it all at once, but they were ‘prepared’ all day with their “daily bread”.
Therefore, we are to gather our word in the morning. That is the plan, and no matter how much or how little, it is what is needed for us to be prepared for the day!
It does not matter where we are in scripture, whether we are in Matthew, Exodus or anywhere in God’s word, for it is God’s living word, and it is good! (Good in the meaning of fulfilling its purpose)
So gather your manna, as much as you gather for today, and get some more tomorrow. Trust God, for it is the right amount, and He knows what you need even before you ask.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
This is how to work the word. We have enough from God our Father for whatever we need for the day. He is always with us. Starting with Him, we are prepared, and how He has us use His word is by allowing Him to use us in our daily lives. His word is our daily bread.
Exodus 16:17-18 (NIV)
17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, 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.