The Glory of God in the Manna

Daily God Walk Saturday, April 16, 2010

 Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him.         – Exodus 16:7-8

 The people grumbled when they saw Pharaoh’s army coming after them. They grumbled after three days in the desert. They grumbled because the water was bitter. It reminds me of the song from the late 50’s; You Talk Too Much. One verse goes, “You talk about the people wherever you go, you talk about people you don’t even know.” It sounds like that person was a grumbler too!

They were grumbling now because they didn’t have bread and just after Moses spoke about the promised bread they looked and the glory cloud was appearing over the desert. The Lord spoke to Moses from the glory cloud telling him, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’ “

There is a lesson we should all learn here. It is that if we will just trust the Lord, regardless of how things look, he will come through for us. In one of his psalms David wrote, “I was young and now I am old and I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his people begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25).

Our tendency is to look at what we don’t have and complain about it and God is trying to get us to look at what we do have and be thankful for it. Israel had been slaves in Egypt, now they were free. They were placed under grievous labor for their masters, now they were going to a land already prepared for them to inhabit.

Would it be easy? No. Would there be some blood, sweat and tears involved? Probably. But they would be free – and the land they would work would be their own. The towns where they lived would be their own.

Sure, there are things we would like to have in the here and now, but we must remember that we are like Israel – in this life we are in the wilderness moving toward the promised land.

 Prayer: Lord, thank you for the sweet water and manna. Amen.

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