Leftovers, Again?

by Joanna Pierce on January 03, 2018

It’s no secret that I’m a terrible cook. And, I believe the reason is because I hate cooking. This logic doesn’t hold true for other areas of my life, but I believe it’s a solid argument in this case.

I will do anything to get out of cooking. So, when it comes to not cooking, I’m an expert on strategic planning. When I create our meal schedule, I’ll determine which meals I can cook once to feed my household of two, multiple times.

This plan is all well and good until I make a casserole in a 9×13 dish that makes so much, on day three my husband looks at me and asks, “We’ve having that, again?” Truth be told, I grimace as much as him sometimes. Who really wants to eat leftovers three days in a row? It is nice to have variety in what you eat; something new now and then. And, in our house, now and then is every two days…

And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat…And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating (Exodus 16:14–15, 21, KJV).

When the Nation of Israel was in the wilderness, God fed them manna. Every morning they’d wake up, and someone in each family went out to gather what they needed to eat that day—nothing more and nothing less. The one exception was on the sixth day of the week when they gathered twice as much in preparation for the Sabbath (Exodus 16:22–23).

The concept of leftovers didn’t exist back then except for the one day each week. Every other day, God’s people received something new, and fresh to eat. If you tried my strategic meal plan back then, and attempted to make your meal last longer, you’d wake up the next day with stinky, worm-ridden leftover manna (Exodus 16:20). This is why I’m very thankful God didn’t create me back then. I’d be one of the few who’d test Him a lot just to be sure He was serious about not having leftovers most of the week.

You might not take my approach to meal planning, but a lot of us do this on our spiritual menus. We like to feast on God by filling up so full one day of the week, and then try to feed on leftovers throughout the remainder of the week. We try to make that spiritual casserole last three to four days before we realize we need to get something to eat again.

God’s already arranged a spiritual meal plan for all of us, which never consists of leftovers. He’s got something new prepared for us (manna) every day (Lamentations 3:22–23). He never intended for us to live on yesterday’s blessings, but so many of us are trying to get our last meal to stretch too far. We really miss out on the new exquisite five-course meal God has in store for us the moment we wake up in the morning.

It’s time we come and dine at the Master’s table each day. Pull up a chair and see what new meal He has in store for you—especially in 2018. He never intended for you to take the leftovers from 2017 and start the New Year with them. He never intended for you to fight your new battle with last year’s strength. He never intended for you to find peace with the dose He provided yesterday.

It’s a new day, and a fresh meal has been prepared for you in Heaven’s kitchen. You never have to ask your Father, “I’m having that, again?” Just get on your knees in prayer, and thank the Lord for the new meal you’re about to receive.