Morning, February 14, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.” — 2 Kings 25:30
Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king’s palace with a amount to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. This is a good picture of the happy position of all the Lord’s people. A daily portion is all that a man really wants. We do not need tomorrow’s supplies; that day has not yet dawned, and its needs are not yet birthed. The thirst which we may suffer in the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive we shall never know want. Provision sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy. We cannot eat or drink or wear more than the day’s supply of food and clothing; the surplus gives us the care of storing it, and the anxiety of watching against a thief. One walking stick aids a traveler, but a bundle of sticks is a heavy burden. A sufficient meal is not only as good as a feast, but is all that the greatest glutton can truly enjoy. This is all that we should expect; a craving for more than this is ungrateful. When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with his daily allowance. Jehoiachin’s case is like ours; we have an assured portion, a portion given us by the king, a gracious portion, and a everlasting portion. Surely, here is ground for thankfulness.
Beloved Christian reader, in matters of grace you need a daily supply. You have no store of strength. Day by day must you seek help from above. It is a very precious assurance that a daily portion is provided for you. In the word, from the ministry, by meditation, in prayer, and waiting upon God you shall receive renewed strength. In Jesus all things needed are laid up for you. Then enjoy your continual allowance. Never go hungry while the daily bread of grace is on the table of mercy.