Some thoughts on today’s reading…
The people forgot so quicky about the Lord’s great deliverence once hard times set in again. They were in the wilderness–and they were hungry. They complained and the Lord heard them. The Lord told Moses his plan to rain down manna and quail from heaven–and He would provide JUST ENOUGH for each day. On the 6th day, he would rain down twice as much. The Lord will always provide. He is our Jehovah Jireh. Our great Provider! BUT…
Check out 16:7 in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because He has heard your complaints, which are against Him, not against us… Do I realize that when I complain that it isn’t man that I am complaining about. It is the Lord. Philippians 2:14 instructs me to do everything without complaining. It breaks my heart to think that when I complain I am actually complaining “against the Lord” (verse 7). Forgive me Father.
I love verse 18…But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Some got a lot, some got a little. But when they measured it out–everyone was provided for. God has truly given me and my husband much in comparison to the world. What will we do with it? How will we use it for His glory? The Lord has provided for all—but I believe He is seeing how He can trust us like He did with the Israelites. Oh that we will be faithful. Help us Lord to look away from the world and keep our eyes on YOU.
verse 23…This is what the Lord commanded: Tomorrow will be a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath day set apart for the Lord. So bake or boil as much as you want today, and set aside what is left for tomorrow.”
Hmmm…I think I hear you Lord. Coincidence that I read the chapter from “No Ordinary Home” today about making the Sabbath day holy and how to do that with my family?? From sundown on Saturday night to sundown on Sunday…it is YOUR holy day. My holy day to BE WITH and CELEBRATE You. Help Richard and I to lead our family in making this day holy.
verse 29…They went out anyway on the Sabbath…and the Lord asked…how long will they disobey? “They must realize that the Sabbath is the Lord’s gift to you.
Is it coincidence that you and I are reading this the DAY BEFORE THE SABBATH?! I think not. This is how much God wants us to understand this day. To wake back up—understand that it is HIS GIFT to us…to experience His holiness in a new way…to experience Him…to be filled for the week ahead…to enjoy and be with Him.
And this is how the Lord provided–with manna and quail–and REST on the Sabbath…for the next 40 years in the wilderness.
Read on to Chapter 17 where the Israelites complained yet again…this time for water. The Lord again heard and was their Jehovah Jireh. Water poured from a rock. Yet another miracle of God’s faithful provisioin and grace.
Chapter 18…Jethro comes to visit Moses…brings his wife and sons with him…and they give honor to the Lord for all He has done. Jethro teaches Moses the art of deligation (an art I need to learn!).
Exodus 19 The Lord reveals Himself at Sinai
Let us not give up on the reading of God’s word!!! How powerful it is when you open it each day!!! Thank you Lord for this sweet manna…prepare us Lord for tomorrow—the Sabbath. May we keep it holy and draw near to you on your holy day.