Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need. (Exodus 16:17-18)
That every one gathered according to just what they needed is amazing considering the number of people and the fact that, sometimes, people just don’t discipline themselves in that manner. There were a few who didn’t listen closely and who allowed some of the manna to remain until the next day, only to find it infested with worms and stinking up their houses. I would imagine that it only took one lesson such as this for them to get the message.
The bigger point is here is that everyone had what they needed; the one with plenty had no leftovers and the one with little didn’t go hungry. In other words, the story has a miraculous ring to it, reminiscent of other events recorded in the Bible where God provided for the people’s needs. For example, Messiah fed thousands after blessing two fish and five loaves — no one went hungry and, in fact, there was plenty left over.
One of the most amazing accounts in Scripture is the story of the widow who encountered the prophet Elijah during a famine that was sweeping through the land. Having only a small amount of oil and a little flour, she and her son were preparing to die, however, she bravely made a loaf of bread for the prophet, most likely using all that she had. Yet, at the word of the prophet, the small amount of oil was never used up and flour never ran out. Each day she was given according to her need. The Bible records that, “she and he and her household ate for many days” (1 Kings 17:15).
There is Biblical precedent that allows us to expect that, in the day of adversity, our God will provide for our needs. As each day begins, it may that our means are meager but, if we believe that He is faithful and endure the process, we will find that He provides abundantly. If He can multiple a small amount of oil and flour or two fish and five loaves; if He can rain down bread from heaven to feed millions in a vast barren wilderness, then He can surely provide for you and me.
Blessings and Shalom,