Today’s Reading: Exodus 16:2-21
Daily Lectionary: Genesis 42:1-34,38; Mark 12:1-12

Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. (Exodus 16:18)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There’s always more with the Lord. Rescue from slavery, bondage, and death in Egypt. Deliverance and plunder from the Egyptians. A crossing of the Red Sea on dry ground and a drowning of Pharaoh’s army. Salvation was accomplished and delivered “by an outstretched arm” (Exodus 6:6)

There’s no doubt that the Lord, who delivers such salvation, loves you so much that He will also supply what you need to support your body and life.

We doubt that we are loved that much, though. If we really believed that the Lord who’s saved us will also give us this day our daily bread, would we work so hard to get more? To have more than the person next to us? To force our way to the head of the class, the captain of the team, the next promotion, raise, or better job? Would we worry about the future? Would we have sleepless nights about what’s missing? We refuse to be loved that much by God. Besides always coveting more and more stuff, we treat God as a simple vending machine. If He doesn’t give us what we want, as much as we want it, when we want it, we grumble and complain all the more. Repent.

There really is always more with the Lord. He’s accomplished your salvation. He’s saved you not only from devil, death, and hell, but He’s saved you…from you—from your coveting, doubt, and grumbling. With His “outstretched arms” on Calvary He shed His blood for you. He took His Father’s judgment for you. Your death was His death. Still more gifts. He crossed you through the Red Sea of your Holy Baptism into Him and His death and resurrection. He’s manna-ed you with His very Body and Blood in the Supper.

There is always more with the Lord. Your heavenly Father loves you. He loves you in the sending of His Son to accomplish all your salvation with His outstretched arm. Still more. The Son gives gifts so that the Spirit would deliver the Son’s salvation to you. Still more. Those gifts are for you to bless you, enliven you, forgive you your entire life through. If your Lord and Savior has done and continues to do all of that for you, He will certainly give you all that you need to support your body and life. He can’t not. He loves you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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