April 17 // God will provide.

Read Exodus 16:4 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: You hear that there is a shortage on milk, so you go to the store and buy 15 gallons of it. Is that a good idea? 

 

Parent Note: Fifteen gallons is a lot of milk. We probably wouldn't get through all of it before it started to go bad. It would end up being a waste of milk and money. Manna was a bit of a different story. God told them that He would send them manna to eat each day and that they should collect only what they needed to make food for their families that day. If they collected any more than they needed, the extra would rot and smell terrible. Because God said He would send them manna every morning, there was no reason to think that there would ever be a shortage of manna. Even so, some Israelites collected more than they needed in an effort to ensure that they would have food. Whether they knew it or not, doing so showed that, in their hearts, they didn't trust God to provide for them. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being a Great Provider.
I know that You will always give me exactly what I need.
Help me to trust You with my whole heart.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.