I wrote this a few weeks ago and since then, the hoarding has calmed down somewhat, but there are still things that we aren’t able to get and hoarding stories are still popping up. I thought the concept was still good – so decided to post it.
This week I was talking with a friend about the hoarding of toilet paper … something that’s been the topic of many conversations.
Then we moved on from that topic and were talking about a post she is writing for my blog, and she said, “You should write a post about hoarding.”
That peaked my curiosity and I looked up “hoard” in the Bible. ESV actually has two verses about hoarding, but they are talking about the kings of Babylon and the spoils of war. I figured that would be a real stretch for the current situation no matter how i spun it.
So I put aside the hoarding idea and went on to other things.
But then today I remember another event in the Bible that also talked about hoarding just not in those words … the complaining people of Israel. No matter how many times God miraculously supplied them with food and water, they were not happy campers … They focused on how things used to be back in Egypt.
‘Gather of it, each one of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you has in his tent.’” And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over till the morning.” (Exodus 16:16-19)
The food would be there, but they were also commanded not to HOARD!
Many of the people obeyed, but some didn’t.
But they did not listen to Moses. Some left part of it till the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. (Exodus 16:20)
Much about this account does not fit our situation. God is not raining down manna and quail during a difficult time. (But we can go to the grocery store.) God does not always promise we will get what we want. (But there is an abundance of things we can get.) However, the verses we read in God’s Word about being kind and caring about others still apply during these difficult times.
When the Israelites left Egypt, they expected an easy life. (Or at least it seems as if they did, because every time things didn’t go their way, they grumbled.) God doesn’t promise us an easy life either. Tornadoes don’t just hit the houses of non-believers. Hurricanes don’t just swirl around the neighborhood and miss the churches. Covid-19 is not particular in who it effects.
The Psalmist wrote:
Man ate of the bread of the angels;
he sent them food in abundance.
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
he rained meat on them like dust,
No, scrounging for toilet paper isn’t fun, but many, many moments in history haven’t been fun,
Yet, through it all God is good.
Through it all God will sustain us
Through it all God is there to hear our prayers.
Through it all, we have His word to hear Him talk to us.
Through it all, we have a peace that passes understanding.
Through it all, we can be sure of His love.
Through it all, we can depend on Him.
Yes, through it all, God is good.
And, don’t panic about the toilet paper or the hand sanitizer …