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"And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king,
a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life." --2 Kings 25:30
Jehoiachin was not sent away from the
king's palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given
him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures 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 wants are as yet
unborn. 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. 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 raiment; the surplus gives us the care of storing it, and the anxiety of
watching against a thief. One staff aids a traveller, but a bundle of staves is
a heavy burden. Enough is not only as good as a feast, but is all that the
veriest 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 ours, we have
a sure portion, a portion given us of the king, a gracious portion, and a
perpetual portion. Here is surely 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 sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you. In the word,
through the ministry, by meditation, in prayer, and waiting upon God you shall
receive renewed strength. In Jesus all needful things 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.