And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it [the bread God provided the Israelites in the desert] over until morning.” But they did not listen to Moses; some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with them.
Reflection: Sometimes the task to satiate our neighbors’ hunger seems insurmountable, especially when we learn the real numbers of those suffering in our midst. So, when the task is so large, what can we do?
One solution among many is very counter-intuitive in our capitalistic society: Exodus 16:19-20. Society teaches us that what we have, we earned, and to hold on to it vigorously. From our money to our possessions and our food we are trained to keep what we have, and more. But, as we see here, when we hold onto things that could be a blessing for our neighbor it spoils and can even increase disease in us.
This Lent, I encourage you to reassess what you may be holding onto that God could use to feed your neighbor. What are you hoarding that is keeping you from serving God?
Prayer: Holy God, help me let go of my selfishness that I may bless my neighbor. Amen.
-Pastor John Sipf