They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”
Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. And the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”
In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. Exodus 16:1-12
Have you ever gone a day in your life where God didn’t provide what you needed to survive? If you’re reading this, the answer is no. God knows exactly what we need to get through each day. He knows what we need physically, relationally, spiritually, and emotionally. The all-powerful King of the universe is our Father. He cares for us and loves us more than we can understand, and every resource in heaven and on earth is at His disposal. I’m thankful that my provider has no problems giving me what I need!
At the same time, I sometimes struggle with seeing God as my provider because I don’t have all the things I think I need. When I have to spend $1000 to fix a problem on my car, I think I need a better car that doesn’t break down all the time. When I have to say no to appetizers and dessert when I go on a date, I think I need just a little more cash in my bank account.
But here’s the thing about God. He gives us more than not enough and less than too much. He gives us just the right amount to make sure we trust in Him for the things we need. God could have given the Israelites enough food for a week at a time, but He didn’t. He didn’t want them trusting in what they had, but rather in what He was going to provide.
If you had to rate your level of trust in God to provide all the things you need, how would you score? Do you place your trust in the things you have stored up? Do you grumble because you think you don’t have enough? The One who knows what’s best guarantees to provide exactly what we need. Do you trust Him to remain faithful to that promise? – Wes Stichweh, Mount Pleasant Campus
God does not want us to trust in what we have, but rather, in what He’s going to provide.
1. Read Matthew 6:25-34
2. Journal about all the ways God has provided for you.