v 11 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
The Israelites became the biggest whingers in history! It was better in the old days back in Egypt, they said. ‘“There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” ‘ How rapidly they had forgotten what slavery was like!
There are at least three big sermons here – ‘Our tendency to look back, moan, and think of the old days as the glory days’ and then ‘Complaining that God isn’t doing enough for us’ and finally, ‘The God Who graciously provides for us.’ This chapter really only points to the final thought for us to pursue!
Of course the people were hungry and thirsty; do you think God didn’t know! And of course He knows about your difficulties and predicaments; what makes you think He is ignorant, or indifferent, and even powerless? The big picture in the book of Exodus is one of God leading, caring, and providing for a people who were following His path to a promised land.
That is exactly the big picture for the 21st Century too! That is the picture into which you are painted as you learn to trust and follow Him. Even when you feel you are in a bit of a wilderness with God a million miles away, and you begin to grumble about the tiny difficulties you are having to face, God is leading you on, and will sustain your life with Him by the presence of the Holy Spirit with you.
When we read the Book of Exodus we know the end in the Promised Land – and your end in the glory of God’s presence is certain too!