Focal Passage: Exodus 16:1-5, 11-20
Remarkable. God has just pulled off one of the most astounding rescue efforts known to man. He sent plagues upon Israel’s enemies. He spared her children from death. He protected her from Pharaoh’s army. He parted the Red Sea. Yet, she grumbles against Moses and Aaron. “Would that we had died in Egypt!”
God’s passion for His glory and His love for His people are always put on display in the life of Israel by works of grace.
Time and again He proves Himself to be all-sufficient to fulfill His sovereign purposes and to provide for the good of His children, in spite of Israel’s sin.
Manna and quail in the wilderness served as a daily testimony to His presence and providence in her life as well as a test of her faithful obedience to Him.
Parents can identify here, I think. Our children are never satisfied, are they? My two-year-old wakes up every morning crying, “Umm, umm. Eat!” while her brother grabs the remote and demands his cereal bar and milk.
At bedtime, a similar scene plays out. “I’m still hungry!” “I want a glass of water!” “Umm, umm, eat!”
My wife and I have provided for their needs throughout the day, making sure they have a good breakfast, lunch and dinner and even a snack or two.
Still, they grumble, and we show grace.
We provide for their needs while at the same time offering correction to curb their sin patterns and stir their affections and trust.
We know how to provide good gifts to our children because we love them.
The result? “Thank you, Daddy.”
Jesus says in Matthew 7:11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Believer, you need not worry about tomorrow.
The God who provided manna and quail will provide for you too.
As He does, I pray that you will respond with a grateful heart as you walk in loving obedience to His commands.