1 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 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.”
4 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. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
Exodus 16: 1-5
Daily Devotional Series
TRUST: Day 3
Due to the recent fires and mudslides here in Southern California, many people were forced to evacuate their homes… some with just minutes to spare. They left behind all they had and hoped it would be there when they returned. I cannot imagine what went through their minds as they drove away not knowing whether they would have a home to return to. As I heard of these stories, I was reminded of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
Those of the Jewish faith are currently celebrating Passover. This holiday commemorates how God told them to leave their homes in Egypt and flee with only what they could carry on their backs. In the reading for today, they have been wandering in the desert for about 6 weeks and they are grumbling and unhappy. They missed the abundance of food they enjoyed in Egypt and they made sure Moses knew how hungry they were.
But God had not led them into the desert to leave them to die. He provided food for them in the form of manna and quail. He gave them specific instructions, though, that they were to only collect what they could eat in one day. They had to TRUST that there would be more to gather on the next day. If they collected more than what they needed, it spoiled and was not edible.
Just as He took care of the Israelites in the desert, God will always keep us in His care. It is not in the form of providing manna and quail on a daily basis, but He does care for us and watches over us. Matthew reminds us in chapter 6: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.