To say God’s people were not allowed to store up more than their daily portion of Manna, least it breed worms, is only partially true. They were permitted to gather a double amount on the sixth day to be kept in store for the seventh. The purpose being that God’s will and plan be carried out in their lives on that day.
I believe there is a great principle to be found in this story. The traditionalist and legalist have difficulty breaking a set pattern, even if God authorizes it. David eating the shewbread, which was not “lawful” for him to eat would be frowned upon by these carnivorous watchdogs,no matter how great the need or scriptural proof.
Many of God’s dear children have hidden His Word, as David and Mary, in their hearts. This “stored up Manna” sometimes takes them through a day when God’s exception supersedes His rule. Running late for an early flight, caring all night for a sick loved one, evacuating your family in a sudden storm, and a host of other unforeseen circumstances.
O, dear saint of God, never fear those exceptional times, knowing more often than not, the Lord has ordained them. During these occasions, you will live off the stored up Manna. There will always be food in your pantry if you store some back in the Ark of your heart.
“I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.”