Empowered Devotional Series
Tuesday November 28, 2023
Scripture: Exodus 16 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 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.”
Meditation: We should remind ourselves daily of the blessings God has provided for us in Christ Jesus and the many answers to prayer we have experienced so that we do not fall into the mindset of complaining and even despairing when we go through a current crisis.
– Not long after experiencing the miraculous deliverance from the Hand of God in punishing pharaoh and all of Egypt with 10 plagues of judgment, then opening the Red Sea so that they could pass through the midst of the waters unharmed and seeing God drown the army that dared to pursue them; Israel fell back into grumbling and complaining.
– How is it that the same people who experienced such wonderful miracles of deliverance could question the provision of God in their lives? We might as well ask ourselves the same question. There is nothing that is new under the sun, Eccl. 1: 9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.10 Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.”
– Going without, caused the redeemed of the Lord to long for the days of their captivity when, although enslaved, they had what they referred to as, “pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted”. Oh, how the flesh can blind us to the terrible cost of sin! Israel’s enslavement and yet longing for the “good ol days” when they had their fill, is a powerful illustration for us of how easily we can forget the reality of our deliverance from our enslavement to sin and perhaps begin to long for the days of old when we did as we wanted and had our fill of worldly lusts.
– How dare the redeemed complain that they were having to wait upon the Lord for their daily bread! God was teaching them that “man shall not live by bread alone but by every world that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord,”, Deut. 8: 3. Yet we do the same thing when we dare to question the Lord’s provision and grumble against our faith that has led us out of enslavement to sin and into the glorious freedom we have in Christ Jesus!
– The Israelites thought they were grumbling against Moses’ leadership when in fact they were grumbling against the Lord who had delivered them! We cannot think that our grumbling and complaining is not ultimately hurled heavenward and what we are in fact doing is calling into question the love and ability of God to provide for us.