“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.” – Exodus 16:3
If you are familiar with this passage of scripture at all then you will know that Moses had just led the Israelites out of a land of slavery and bondage.
If you are anything like me you are probably thinking, ‘Really? Do you not know what God has done for you? Did you not see all the miraculous things that took place right before your eyes? What about the plagues God sent to prove Himself to Pharaoh? What about the sea splitting right down the middle so that you could walk across dry ground…AND THEN as your enemy approached, the waters fell and swallowed them up? Did you miss that part of your story?’
Of course we can see this from our point of view. But what about when we are in our very own wilderness? What about those times we forget about our promise? What about those moments of despair when we feel spiritually dry and hungry? Do we not sometimes mumble and complain while we are waiting?
And if we aren’t careful, we begin to glamorize our past and how ‘maybe, just maybe’ it wasn’t that bad after all…
And this is where the enemy begins to take root, if we allow him.
We have a choice.
In verse 4 the Lord says, “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.”
So this is where our choice comes in. Do we choose to obey the voice of God or do we seem to think we know more than Him and take it upon ourselves to do what needs to be done?
Obedience may not be easy, but it’s worth it.
Follow up in verse 9: The Israelites were told to “Come before the Lord”…even in their mumbling and complaining…He had heard them. And he hears you too.
Even in our crabbiest of times, God still wants us to ‘come into His presence’.
When we walk in humble obedience, God always provides. He always protects, He always comes through. Even in our wilderness when it seems like there is no way out. Remember what God brought you out of, remember your promises, and hold fast to the fact that God is always on time!