“In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.’ 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 16:2-4.
Oh, if only we had lived in the days of Moses, and if we had seen miracle after miracle with our own eyes! Deliverance from Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, pillars of cloud by day and fire by night to guide us – then it would be so easy to trust God and follow His instructions! Ha. As these passages reveal, even then the people grumbled and complained. And we are just like that – we look back and see what God did in the past, and yet we don’t really believe He has our future. Our trust in God so often is roughly equivalent to what’s in our bank account, so often connected to how healthy or how successful we feel relationally or professionally from day to day. Even though he provides for us each day, we complain when He doesn’t provide more, in advance. “Lord, help us to be content with your daily provision – our daily bread – to not complain or grumble, and to trust you to provide for our future. Amen.”
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