Join me for a moment in imagining God’s ‘To Do List’ in about 1446 B.C. when He heard Israel crying out to Him from Egypt:
- Call Moses to lead Israel.
- Send 10 plagues to show Pharaoh I am God.
- Free Israelites from slavery.
- Allow Israel to cross the Red Sea on dry ground.
- Annihilate Egyptian army.
- Lead Israel to shade and water in the desert.
Now mentally check off every item because God completed each one. Why, then, were the Israelites grumbling again, this time about food? Did they really think God would overlook the fact that His children would need nourishment in the desert?
I’m ashamed to admit we have the same short-sightedness or memory loss or lack of faith today. We Americans just celebrated Thanksgiving, where hopefully we took the time to recall and thank God for His many blessings, but have we already jumped back on the grumbling track?
Exodus records, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘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’” (Exodus 16:4). God has not changed. The template remains the same. God provides for us in His way, in His time. We are expected to listen, follow His instructions, and trust He will provide.
If God provided manna (bread from heaven) for more than two million people for 40 years in a desert, we can trust He will meet our needs for each mañana (tomorrow).