The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.
Cleaning out the refrigerator can be a frustrating endeavor, tossing into the trash those uneaten leftovers or the bag of slimy lettuce or whatever that dried and shriveled thing used to be. Wouldn’t it be so much more cost effective to buy and prepare only the amount of food we needed with never any waste or spoilage?
When God feeds, he gives exactly what is needed. Manna from heaven fell to sustain the Israelites in the wilderness. They were instructed to only gather enough for one day at a time (except on the day before the Sabbath). No matter how much or how little they gathered, it was always just enough.
John 6:58 says Jesus is our manna from heaven. He is the bread that sustains us. We eat the bread of his word to nourish us spiritually.
Jesus instructed us to pray give us today our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). We need our spiritual nutrition daily as much as we need our physical nutrition.
I relish digging into God’s word, checking cross references and looking up Hebrew and Greek words but I don’t often have time for that. A mom of little ones may only be able to read a verse on a Bible app. A soldier standing guard may only be able to write a Bible reference on her hand to remind her of a certain verse. A woman with macular degeneration may only be able to listen to a sermon on the radio if she can no longer see the words of her the Bible.
The importance isn’t the amount we eat or the time we eat but daily connecting to Jesus through his word. He will always give us just what we need for each day.