manna22Oftentimes, in life, we are very similar to the Israelites after their deliverance from Egypt. We like to complain. We like to be the one who has never received enough. We like being the black sheep. So did the Israelites.

Exodus 16:6-8:

6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt.
7 “And in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD; for He hears your complaints against the LORD. But what are we, that you complain against us?”
8 Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the LORD hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.”

See, the people thought they were complaining among themselves or to Moses and Aaron but Moses reveals the truth when he points out that they are actually complaining against God. God had provided and rescued them, so, when they complained about their current condition, they were in fact complaining against God.

This shines a new light on our own attitudes as well. Since God has provided everything for us and rescued us from our slavery to sin, shouldn’t our complaining be considered opposing Him? When we complain about our life, aren’t we really just complaining against God’s provision? Food for thought.

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