September 16 – Exodus 16:1-8

September 16 – Exodus 16:1-8

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16 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.”?

This passage always makes me smile. They were slaves in Egypt. It is very doubtful they were sat by “meatpots and ate bread to the full”. How many times have I grumbled when the situation does not suit my fancy? What does my grumbling say about my relationship with God? When we grumble, we show our dissatisfaction with God’s provisions. Instead of grumbling, perhaps we should take our concerns to God. Think about this the next time you are in a situation you feel is less than satisfactory.

Heavenly Father, how often you have brought meatpots to my doorstep and rained manna on me, yet I grumbled?  Forgive me when I grumble.  I can’t imagine how it must feel to give your child a gift and then they grumble because it wasn’t what they wanted.  I have done that as a child and saw my parents’ faces and realized what I did, but the words were out.  You are the perfect Father and the perfect gift giver.  Help me be grateful for all You do for me and for what You keep from me for my benefit. 

In Jesus’ name.



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