Google+ 12/07/13 Be Prepared To Be Tested!

Exodus 16:4-8

 

Then the Lord said to Moses,

“Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you.

Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day.

I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.

On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it,

There will be twice as much as usual.”

So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel,

“By evening you will realize it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt.

In the morning you will see the glory of the Lord because he has heard your complaints,

Which are against him, not against us.

What have we done that you should complain about us?”

Then Moses added,

“The Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and bread to satisfy you in the morning,

For he has heard all your complaints against him. What have we done?

Yes, your complaints are against the Lord, not against us.”

 

Today in part six of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Be Prepared!" we listen in on Moses who is faced with a huge problem.  I sometimes wonder what we Christians are thinking and why we complain so much.  God has also presented me with the answer to the question I just asked.  Christians lack faith!  Yes, I said that out loud.  Look at the Jewish people in today's Scripture.  God has delivered them, via Moses, from Pharaoh and into the promised land.  These people had been slaves for years.  They had nothing and were constantly persecuted by Pharaoh.  They have just watched as Moses parted the Red Sea and brought all of them to safety.  They also watched as their enemies were crushed, right before their eyes.  They have freedom in God's promised land.  What are they doing?  Complaining!!!  They are telling Moses that God has brought them into the promised land to die, that they have no food, and it is Moses's fault.  Wow, some gratitude.  It does make me feel a little better about the "Christian complainers" I see on a daily basis in our world.  It is fortunate for the Jewish people that God is in control of their food supply, rather than me!  I must confess that I might not have been as generous and loving.  God tells Moses that He will send food to the Jewish people daily.  They must go collect exactly what they need for the day.  Nothing more and nothing less.  On the sixth day, God will provide two-days worth of food so that the Jewish people do not have to collect their daily bread on the Sabbath.  Notice that God interjects one more thing into this challenge of daily preparation.  God says He will test them to see if they follow instructions.  God says that we can't take shortcuts.  We can't collect all our food on one day because it is more convenient.  God says we can't have more than we need.  This answers questions Christians have, as live live for God, about subjects like "days off," savings accounts, and storehouses that are filled to the brim when others are hungry and in need.  So, in order to be prepared to live for God, we must work daily, setting the Sabbath aside as holy, take only what we need (not all we want), return any unused portion of anything to God's house for His use, and realize our complaining is not going to man, but directly to the throne room of God.  I hope these are some things to really think about as we prepare.  Finally, God's watching.   "Be Prepared To Be Tested!"