Exodus 16:21July 16 Morning
Each morning they gathered as much food as they could eat. When the sun was hot, it melted away.
Labor to maintain a sense of your entire dependence upon the Lord's good will and pleasure for the continuance of your richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or you are undone forever. Old anointings will not suffice to impart salve to your spirit; your head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. Today you maybe upon the summit of the mount of God, but he who has put you there must keep you there, or you will sink far more speedily than you could ever dream. Your mountain only stands firm when He settles it in its place; if He hides his face, you will soon be troubled. If the Saviour should see fit, there is not a window through which you see the light of heaven which he could not darken in an instant. Joshua bade the sun stand still, but Jesus can shroud it in total darkness. He can withdraw the joy of your heart, the light of your eyes, and the strength of your life. In His hands your comfort lies, and at His will it can depart from you. Our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize this hourly dependence , for he only permits us to pray for "daily bread," and only promises that "as our days our strength shall be." Is'nt it best for us that it should be so, that we may return often to his throne, and be constantly reminded of his love? Oh! how rich the grace which supplies us so continually, and does not hold back because of our ingratitude! The shower of His blessings never ceases, the cloud of His protection stays over our lives forever.
O Lord Jesus, we would bow at your feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without you, and in every favour which we are privileged to receive, we would adore your blessed name and acknowledge your unexhausted love.