Just Enough

June 26, 2003
by Ivie Bozeman

Matthew 10:29,31 – Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)

Exodus 16:4 – Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction." (NASB)

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, God sent them manna, enough for one day alone. If they tried to gather more, it spoiled, except on the sixth day, when they were to gather enough to last during the Sabbath day.

God has always supplied all my needs when I needed it, and in the right amount — not one bit more or one bit less.

God taught me this truth years ago, after fire destroyed everything we owned. Through the kindness of our landlord, we received the first month's accommodation rent-free, until we could get our lives back together. The month passed, and the fifty dollars' rent came due. We did not have the money, and we knew of no source from which to get it. We prayed fervently for an answer. When the mail came that day, there was a letter from our previous neighbour and friend, whom I'd written about the tragedy. "Here's a love offering," the letter read. It was fifty dollars. No more — no less — just enough to pay the rent.

That has been the story of our lives since then. We've walked a narrow road of faith — having enough to meet our needs — from paycheque to paycheque — but not a great deal more. When there has been a need, God has always allowed the need to be met.

The God Who knows when the sparrow falls, and Who provided manna for His people in the desert, also watches over us. Those who place their faith in Him and walk with Him have their needs provided for also, one day at a time — just enough — but enough to meet their needs.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for caring for us, and for supplying what we need in just the right amounts. May we continue to walk in Your ways and serve You. Amen.

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Ivie Bozeman <ivie@rose.net>
Thomasville, Georgia, USA

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