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Exodus 16:4-5

Verse 5 “On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”

Yesterday we started talking about God’s provision. We read how even though God had been faithful in His provision so far the Israelites don’t believe He will provide the next need. God sees the situation from another perspective and therefore sets out to test His people.

God knew that the Israelites were stuck in their past. They did as we so often do, they started looking at the past with rose-colored glasses. They conveniently forgot the pain of slavery and remembered only the things that made the past favorable. The lack of food in the wilderness made their mouths water for the abundance they left behind. Was there really such an abundance for their taking back in Egypt? Maybe or maybe not but they at least felt they could find something to eat in their former home.

They can’t understand why God would do this to them. So far they are failing the test of trusting God. He wasn’t providing on their timetable and as far as they were concerned that meant that He was failing. That may have been true if He had the same agenda as they did, but His plan was so much bigger. His goal wasn’t their immediate gratification, no, our God has a larger view than the right now. He knew if He just gave them what they wanted, when they wanted it they would miss who He really is. He knew this wasn’t about their stomachs as much as it was about their hearts.

God wasn’t ignoring their needs, He was just taking them deeper into their faith walk. He sets up a plan. He will provide enough food for that day and they must gather it, but only enough for that day’s consumption, no more. Except for the sixth day of the week. They would need to collect enough for two days on that day. This was a test to see if they would listen to Him and obey.

There are times, more often than we likely want to admit, that we have the same trust issues. We doubt Him because He doesn’t do things on our timetable. But the real test may be that He is waiting for us to trust Him to provide.

Making It Personal

Do you have areas in your life where you need to trust God more? Are they areas you feel like you could provide for yourself better than He could? Have you found Him to be faithful in the past?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever thought that mom or dad was going to forget to make dinner? Have they ever forgotten to make it? Has God ever forgotten to give you what you need?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for always providing our every need and always at the perfect time. Please forgive us the times we have thought that You have forgotten our needs. Help us see that our real need is You alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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