I’ve been reading through the book of Exodus in the Bible. What an incredible account of God’s work in individuals’ lives.
Reading through chapters 14-17 is a fascinating glimpse into human character, human tendencies. The Israelites have just crossed the Red Sea on dry ground after being released from slavery under the Egyptians. They’ve finally been set free, they’ve finally been rescued, they are finally on their way to their homeland, and all they are doing is grumbling and complaining…about food.
Nothing is good enough for them. Even though God just showed His omnipotence through the plagues sent to Pharaoh, even though He just completely awed them by splitting an entire sea, and then killing all of the pursuing the Egyptians, they still don’t seem to be impressed. Instead, they are complaining about their lack of food. They just saw life-altering miracles, and they are worried about where their next meal is coming from.
Reading through it, it seems so petty. I’m thinking, “well, if God can split a sea and God can turn an entire river into blood, and God can destroy an entire army with one sweep, surely the food is covered.” Food should have been the least of their worries.
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 into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” – Exodus 16:3
They actually start reminiscing about being in Egypt, back when they had meat and bread to eat until they were stuffed, back when they were slaves the Egyptians. How shortsighted, how foolish, how narrow-minded. God had just rescued them, but they could only think back to the “good ‘ole times.” They couldn’t see this miraculous moment for what it was because they were too focused on what they lacked instead of what just happened.
But, seriously, how many of us do this very thing all the time?
How many of us have our own “Red Sea Moment,” and then very quickly forgot it? How many of us have had a need, a prayer, a desire that God answers, but we remain too focused on our lack of something else to really be thankful and grateful for it?
We all seem to suffer from short-term memory loss when it comes to God. Repeatedly, He shows up in our lives. Repeatedly, He delivers on His promise to never forsake us. Repeatedly He meets our needs; yet as soon as a new need arises, instead of leaning on Him, trusting His timing and His way of provision, we grumble, complain, and demand to know where God is.
We forget that God works on His own time table; God works in His own ways that are bigger than us. He does everything to His glory. We forget that. We forget the hundreds of blessings in our life as soon as the smallest need arises.
God does not send us out into the Wilderness to starve, but God will send us out into the Wilderness to trust in Him. God wants our trust in everything, not just the big things, but also the small things. God not only wants us to trust Him where our job is concerned, where our family is concerned, where our friends are concerned, but also where even our food is concerned. God wants us to constantly rely on Him. He isn’t someone we just check in with every once in a while. We are meant to rely on Him moment by moment. He is our God. He is our creator.
God is reliable. God is trustworthy. God is faithful. He doesn’t just forget about us.
When you find yourself in a Wilderness moment do you tend to grumble about your lack of food? Or do you remember the blessings in your life and trust God for His delivery in this new trial? God is with us through the mountains, the valleys, and the wildernesses of our lives, but we’ve got to trust Him. We’ve got to stop grumbling and believe He has our best interests at hand.
If you keep reading in Exodus, God ends up raining down food from heaven for the Israelites. He provides them with their needs. He is the Lord their God.
Is He the Lord your God? Are you fully trusting and relying on Him?
I hope you have that peace. I hope you have that assurance. I pray for each and every one of you reading this that you will challenge yourself to stop complaining, to stop grumbling about the small and big things in your life. I pray that you will open your heart and your eyes to what God is doing in your life and in those around you. I pray for God’s mercy and peace on your life.
If you would like to share your praise and requests, comment below and let me know what God is doing in your life or what I can be praying about.
Blessings on your week.