When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.

There is a holy mystery about God’s provision.

I have read that, at times, in Hudson Taylor’s orphanages, they did not know where the next meal was coming from. But they gave thanks all the same, and then found food on the doorstep. What is that but a holy mystery? It causes you to wonder and marvel.

Similarly, you can read missionary stories where there was some great need and they prayed, and the right amount of money came through at just the right time. It probably took weeks – even months – for the mail to travel by sea! This is indeed a holy mystery. The person sending the gift, whether from the UK or elsewhere, just felt prompted to send it when they did, and it arrived right on time. This is truly wonderful.

God hasn’t changed. He knows just what we need and can get it to His people just when it is needed.

I know someone who found himself with an unexpected bill. He and his wife sought to live responsibly in their financial management, but they didn’t have a huge income, and this was just one of those ‘out of the blue’ things that was above and beyond what they had planned for. Also, the bill was for an unusual amount – say, for the sake of argument, something like £91 as opposed to a round figure such as £100. Anyway, he and his wife decided to simply ‘take it to the Lord in prayer.’ They told no-one else about it. One Sunday, not long after they prayed, a person at church handed him an envelope. It was a gift from someone in another church, and it was for the exact amount needed! Holy mystery indeed! This person has had remarkable experiences of God’s provision throughout his life, but I know he often thinks back to this one as a staggering example of God’s eye being upon ‘the sparrow.’

PRAYER: Lord God, teach me to trust you in everything, and grant that I may grow in faith. Thank you that you are Jehovah-Jireh – the God who provides