Exodus 16: 29 – 30 – ‘Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” So the people rested on the seventh day.’

In advance the Israelites were told that God would provide twice what they would need on the sixth day. They were instructed to collect up twice as much so that they wouldn’t need to work on the seventh day.

If the Israelites took more than was needed, by the following day the manna provided to them would be full of maggots and smell. God was setting strict guidelines so that His people had to learn to trust Him for provision each and every day. Do you do that?

In finances, it is wise to save when we have times of abundance and to put aside for future events (a deposit on a house, our children’s education, a bill arriving soon). However, there is no value in hoarding up money to sit on so that we can feel secure. God will provide all our needs – and more!

He provided extra on the sixth day so that the Israelites could observe the Sabbath and rest on the seventh day. And yet, if you read on in this chapter, some still went out on the seventh day looking for manna, even though God had directed them to take enough on the sixth day; even though He had indicated that he wouldn’t be providing food to them on the seventh day for collection.

Are you like that with your money? Do you check in each day, hoping – or expecting – that the figures will have changed in your favour, even though you know it’s not pay day; even though you know you haven’t put in work to receive pay?

Trust God for your daily needs; work when He indicates it is right to work; rest when He directs you to rest. In this way, you will be obedient to God and please Him and you will have your daily needs cared for.

Financial tip – be proactive six days a week to bring in income, develop residual income and increase the value of your property; rest on the seventh day knowing you have been hard working and that God not only ordains, but insists on His people resting so they don’t burn out.