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How will God provide for us now?

Scripture Reading | Exodus 16:1-10

16 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Sin desert, which is located between Elim and Sinai. They set out on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt. The whole Israelite community complained against Moses and Aaron in the desert. The Israelites said to them, “Oh, how we wish that the Lord had just put us to death while we were still in the land of Egypt. There we could sit by the pots cooking meat and eat our fill of bread. Instead, you’ve brought us out into this desert to starve this whole assembly to death.” 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I’m going to make bread rain down from the sky for you. The people will go out each day and gather just enough for that day. In this way, I’ll test them to see whether or not they follow my Instruction. On the sixth day, when they measure out what they have collected, it will be twice as much as they collected on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “This evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt. And in the morning you will see the Lord’s glorious presence, because your complaints against the Lord have been heard. Who are we? Why blame us?” Moses continued, “The Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning because the Lord heard the complaints you made against him. Who are we? Your complaints aren’t against us but against the Lord.” 

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole Israelite community, ‘Come near to the Lord, because he’s heard your complaints.’ ” 10 As Aaron spoke to the whole Israelite community, they turned to look toward the desert, and just then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 

16 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Sin desert, which is located between Elim and Sinai. They set out on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt. The whole Israelite community complained against Moses and Aaron in the desert. The Israelites said to them, “Oh, how we wish that the Lord had just put us to death while we were still in the land of Egypt. There we could sit by the pots cooking meat and eat our fill of bread. Instead, you’ve brought us out into this desert to starve this whole assembly to death.” 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I’m going to make bread rain down from the sky for you. The people will go out each day and gather just enough for that day. In this way, I’ll test them to see whether or not they follow my Instruction. On the sixth day, when they measure out what they have collected, it will be twice as much as they collected on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “This evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt. And in the morning you will see the Lord’s glorious presence, because your complaints against the Lord have been heard. Who are we? Why blame us?” Moses continued, “The Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning because the Lord heard the complaints you made against him. Who are we? Your complaints aren’t against us but against the Lord.” 

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole Israelite community, ‘Come near to the Lord, because he’s heard your complaints.’ ” 10 As Aaron spoke to the whole Israelite community, they turned to look toward the desert, and just then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 

 Common English Bible (Nashville, TN: Common English Bible, 2011), Ex 16:1–10.

Reflections

It had only been a few months that the people of God had been miraculously delivered by God from the hand of their oppressors. They had even crossed across a sea on dry land! They were rescued, set free and were headed to a new land of abundance when they started complaining about their dinner. What will we eat, they wondered. How will God provide for us now? This is not the first nor will it be the last time the people complain and grumble against God.

The people of Israel, seemingly, trusted God’s provision for their freedom from slavery, for their safe passage across the Red Sea. But their dinner, now that was a real concern. They were ok trusting God to bring them through the suffering and to the other side, no other choice really, but not so much to stay with them in it. They were sure that God would abandon them now. So much so, that they longed to go back to Egypt, back to slavery. 

Can you relate? Today, as Christians, we can be this way too. How many of us have trusted God for salvation, healing and other miracles but when it becomes a daily, mundane kind of thing, well that’s a different thing. We too have been guilty of trusting God to bring us through the proverbial “sea” or “slavery” but not to be with us in the midst of the suffering. 

Practice 

  • Take a piece of bread or cracker or tortilla, whatever you have on hand. 
  • As you look at it, ask and answer the question, In what area of my life do I need God’s provision? 
  • As you feel the bread, eat the bread, smell the bread, touch the bread remember when God brought you out of your own slavery/sin. 
  • Write down your faith story. When did you first trust God for salvation? Write it out with as much detail as you can remember.  
  • Then allow this miraculous story of salvation remind you that God will always provide for you, in the big things and in the small things. 

Prayer

Holy is the work of scheduling, inbox cleanout, and parent/teacher conferences. 
May our to-do lists be infused with the lightness of lemon scented candles. 
Holy is the work of dishes, laundry, cooking, and organizing. 
May our productivity be rooted in Beloved so that our bodies bring Love like springtime brings hope. 
Holy is the work of guiding, encouraging, cheering, and supporting. 
May our determination sow joy instead of resentment. 
Holy is the day-to-day drudgery of a larger purpose.

– Rhesa Higgins, Eleven:28 Ministries 

Kelly Edmiston - February 28, 2021

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