This is what God has commanded: 'Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of your persons…’ --Exodus 16:16
The people of Israel were given the bread from heaven to nourish them throughout their journey in the wilderness. They called this food manna. They were to collect enough of the bread for each member of the family, but no more. When they tried to collect more, the excess spoiled, rotted, was eaten by worms. It was an odd circumstance but what they needed was provided. What they needed filled them. What they needed was just enough. They were commanded to exercise moderation, but not because God is stingy. Nor because there is a lack of abundance. Moderation was commanded because it is so very easy to find ourselves moving into subtle sickness because we have over-filled ourselves. Then we begin to feel our strength ebbing and our life diminished.
Who has not slowly arisen from a sumptuous meal feeling boated and lethargic? We want only to lie down or be rid of the glut of food we have just ingested. “Why did I eat so much?” we ask. It is usually the extra helping that is the cunning culprit! We did not stop with what was provided. We did not stop when we were full. We did not stop when we had just enough. We took another portion thinking it would delight us, but it actually spoiled in us and left us feeling sorry we had eaten it.
In order to curb your tendency to gorge yourself on food try this:
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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