Exodus 16:2-4 (ESV)
2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
How frustrated Moses must have been with God’s people! God had
seen the oppression of God’s people in Egypt. God had heard their
cries. God had redeemed God’s people from Pharaoh’s hand,
leading them safely across the Red Sea and toward the Promised
Land. God had already done so much for God’s people and, yet,
still the people complained! Still the people whined! Still the people
wanted more! Surely Moses was ready to wash his hands of these
seemingly ungrateful folks!
God, too, surely had every right to be frustrated. And yet, God
continues to provide for them. “I have heard the complaining of the
Israelites,” the Lord says to Moses. “Say to them, ‘At twilight you
shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread;
then you shall know that I am the Lord your God’” (Exodus 16:12).
Even when the Israelites are less than grateful toward God, God
continues to be gracious toward them.
If you’ve ever had a teenager in your house, you know this scene.
No matter how much parents provide for their teens—food, shelter,
transportation, money for all their activities, clothes, the list goes on
and on—the fact is that teenagers can be ruthlessly ungrateful,
always demanding more. Certainly good parents provide muchneeded
limits to what they provide for their teenagers, but, despite
their oftentimes ungrateful attitudes, we parents continue to feed
them, continue to shelter them, continue to make sure they have
what they need to excel.
God’s love for us far exceeds that of parents for their children.
Surely God’s heart breaks when we are ungrateful, but God
continues to love us. God continues to provide for us. God
continues to give us daily bread. No more complaining, but rather
hearts that are overflowing in gratitude for God’s never-failing love
Gracious God, I confess to you that more often than not I am
ungrateful, complaining about what I don’t have rather than
giving thanks for what I do have. Change my heart that it might
overflow with praise and thanksgiving to you. Amen.
Written by Pastor Greg Busboom—Lead Pastor