Read: Exodus 16:1-36
3 “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”
17 So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little.18 But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. Exodus 16:3 & 17-18
Oh what an ungrateful people we can be. So…we see the Israelites here. They have just been rescued out of slavery. For 400 years, they complained to God and cried out to Him to save them from the Egyptians and God finally delivers them from the grasp of Pharaoh and what’s their response?!
“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt…” (verse 3a)
Wow. Seriously?! I wonder how often we pray for something and complain about it after God answers our prayers.
“God…thanks for the ‘blessing.’ Except…this is not what we had in mind. Does this come with a gift receipt? We would rather be dead than accept Your gift.”
Now…luckily we serve a God who listens to our heart and has compassion over His people. And it’s even better that WE aren’t God. I have a difficult enough time listening to my daughter complain about a toy she wants but can’t have. I can’t imagine having the patience or compassion to listen to a nation of ungrateful people let alone meet their needs after all their grumbling. I really think we should always keep in mind how compassionate and faithful God is in spite of our demands. We are blessed enough to have breathe in our lungs every day and still He provides so much more. Yes, sometimes we face difficulties. But don’t let those trying times and circumstances veil your eyes from God’s great provision. He gives us all that we need. Every day. We see that in verses 17 and 18…
“So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.”
Each family had just what it needed. I really think Jesus was referencing this in part when He prayed, “Give us, Lord, our daily bread…”. God provides our every need. Every day. It’s out of His great generosity and love that we are sustained. Let’s never forget that.
Lord, sustain me. Every day. Be my life. Provide all that I need. Let me lack for nothing because of Your great generosity and love for me. My life is Yours because in You I have life. May You be glorified in it. In Jesus name. Amen.