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Week 5 – Tuesday
Exodus 16:11-12, 19 NIV “The Lord said to Moses, I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’ Then Moses said to them, ‘No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
The Israelites were following God’s ordained leader, Moses, into the unknown, parched, and endless desert. They had begun to complain, to ridicule Moses for bringing them out in the desert without supplying their needs. They essentially were ridiculing God for leading them, and accusing Him of bringing them out of Egypt to die. Even in their selfish, self-centered sinful attitudes, God heard their cries, and sent quail and manna to them in a timely manner to satisfy their hunger. In fact, He sent them so much they couldn’t use it all. He sent manna like clockwork every morning, and quail every evening. He commanded Moses to forbid the people to hoard their resources until the next day. He wanted them to trust Him. He wanted them to see that He would meet their needs daily. Every day is new, and we have new needs. We can’t expect to have all the answers, all the resources, all the support that we will need in the foreseeable future. We have to trust our omnipotent and loving God and know that what He has promised He will do. He will not leave us without what we need. We can rest and be secure.
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If you would like, you can unpack the verse S.O.A.P style:
S = Scripture; what is it that I’m reflecting upon.
O = Observation; what does this mean to me, what do I notice? What got my attention? Can I rephrase this in my own words?
A = Application; how can I apply this into my life? What action can I take as a result of what I just learned
P = Prayer; based on what I’ve learned and my application/action, pray – talk to God about your insight, ask for help, offer thanksgiving.