When the people of Israel were coming up out of Egypt into their promised land, the Lord provided their sustenance in the form of manna.
He provided it, but the people had to do their part and go GET it. They had to go collect it. God didn’t make the manna just show up inside their tents.
Many people find themselves in a rut and they want God to grab them by both arms and lift them out of a pit literally. In reality, he may stand a few feet away and wave you over and invite you to use some tools he’s given you to get out of it.
The people of Israel went from being a slave people driven by taskmasters, making very little for their long days of hard work.
Then, Moses led them into a promised land “flowing with milk and honey”. In other words, a land of abundance where they could settle down. They could start their own businesses, and work for themselves. In many ways entering that promised land was a fresh new start.
On the way there…
The Lord provided them food directly from heaven. He did all the creation of it, so it would be ready to eat, and not to mention that on the 6th day, there was double the amount and the people could save some for the 7th day when there was no new manna provided, for it was a day of rest.
personally know of no other food on the face of the earth whose substance changes so that on one day of the week it doesn’t go stale, but the rest of the week it will. There’s also no other food that humankind can obtain without sowing seed into the ground and grow something, whether a crop or a plant that produces fruit.
Though it was freely given, the people of Israel had to get up early and go get it. It wasn’t there if they slept in and went looking for it in the afternoon.
God did His part, they had to do theirs.
Like mentioned, on Friday the 6th day of the week, there was double the amount so the people of God wouldn’t have to go looking for it on Saturday. Yet, despite the clear instruction from the Lord, the text says there were people who would go looking for manna on the 7th day anyway. And of course, they found none. Who woulda thought, if you don’t follow the process, you’ll get a different result than intended?
If the Lord hasn’t told you anything about where you’re “looking for manna”, whether it be a client in your business, a strategy or some other aspect of it, it will not work out. You will not see the results you desire.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the laborers labor in vain (Psalm 127:1)
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will fulfill the desires of your heart (Ps 37:4). This verse sounds blasphemous to some but only because their desires are not something the Lord would delight in giving them, anyway.
But they who abide in Him will produce fruit.
Just be ready for it to possibly be in different ways than you may have had in mind.