2013-06-05 - What Would Moses Say?
Then the Lord said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from Heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way, I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions." (Exodus 16:4)
Things were bad in Egypt, but the Israelites felt it was worse in the wilderness. In Egypt, they had food, but in the wilderness, they were starving. God sent down some meat and bread.
With the food came rules and regulations. The Israelites could only gather what they needed, and were not to horde it for another day. Some didn't pay attention to God's commands. They were in for a shock, when they found maggots on the bread. Gross.
The flaky bread called manna was a kind never seen before. Even though they received food and did not have to grow or hunt their meals, the people were ungrateful and not satisfied. They were tired of the menu, for it was the same thing every day, bread in the morning and meat at night.
They were impatient, waiting for God to act, and when He did, it wasn't in the way they would have chosen.
Lord, I want the fact that You love me to sink in. I want it to be more than a promise found in the Bible. Show me, concretely, how You love me. Allow me to receive this wonderful news, despite what I have believed about myself in the past, and despite what others may have said. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Would you have been grateful, or would you complain like the Israelites did, if all you had was no variety of food, night and day?