I just had an encounter with the Lord that was awesome. My business has been off and on rather slow lately, and I was getting anxious about it. This morning I woke up anxious and was not able to fully walk in trust and faith in what the Lord can do.
I had also lately been studying the importance of “types” in the Old Testament and their relevance to us as believers. A “type” is something that physically happened in the Old Testament that will be applicable for us in our lives, spiritually. In other words, the crossing of the Red Sea is a “type” of our baptism, and the sword of the spirit is a “type” of the Word, etc. I have discovered so many types in scripture and every time that I do, they always speak to me and bring clarity to my walk with the Lord.
Well, as I was walking around my home feeling anxious, I happened to pick up the Bible and started reading where the Israelites were in the wilderness and the Lord provided them manna. It said in Exodus 16 that the Lord rained down manna on the Israelites and he commanded them to gather what they needed for that day and no more, except on the day before the Sabbath, they were to gather for two days. They were not to hoard the manna or, if they did, it would draw maggots. When they measured it,
he who gathered much did not have too much and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed.
When I read that, the Lord imparted that Word to my spirit, and I almost gasped as I was receiving that impartation. It was an actual encounter with Him as He was imparting to me His Nature of contentment.
I could actually feel the contentment flowing over me as I stood speechless in my living room. I spoke out loud “Ah” and felt as if contentment was flowing right into my spirit. What He said to me was “Sue, I will meet your needs daily as I did with the Israelites and you are not to gather lots of money (manna) but trust me each day to bring in what you need for that day. This is awesome! The Lord was giving me revelation about Himself but at the same time freeing me of my anxiety.
The Lord was saying to me that the manna was a “type” of me trusting him daily for my provision. When I saw this, my spirit skyrocketed! It just doesn’t get any better than this!
My circumstances did not change, but my spirit was lifted above my circumstances. This is true freedom. This is true contentment!