Where Did My Porridge Go?

Good Morning Regular Joe and Jane;

It is snowing in the Bitterroot this morning.  I think the weatherman missed this one!   The snow and my being sick the last two days just don’t fit into my plans for the week!  Grumble, Grumble, Grumble.   So when I opened up the Bible this morning God led me to the book of Exodus.  I read in chapters 15 and 16; the time period when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, saw Pharaoh’s army destroyed, were miraculously provided sweet water from bitter water at Marah.  Yet in the following verses, only 45 days out of Egypt and after seeing all these things, they are grumbling and complaining.

Exodus 16:1-4

1 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt.2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

I see several interesting points in this text.  First, they really were not acknowledging God in their daily lives; otherwise surely they could not so quickly forget the miracles of the past 45 days.  Did they just write off the events as luck?

Secondly, in verse 3, they wish that God had killed them in Egypt.  Why?  Because although less than two months out of Egypt they forgot all of the suffering as slaves of the Pharaoh, and concentrated on the fact that they had plenty of food.

Third, in verse 4, even though the Israelites are complaining and showing unfaithfulness, God tells Moses that He will miraculously feed the Israelites daily.

There are so many applications that I see in these few verses.  Here are a few:

  • The Israelites were willing to settle for slavery if they could eat well.
  • There is that famous saying that a way to man’s heart is through his stomach.  The Pharaoh apparently knew this and made sure that they had food.
  • God is patient and merciful in providing for our needs, even at times when we are not deserving of the blessing.
  • When we are weak in our faith, God will make ways to reveal Himself to us to give us a way to strengthen our faith.

I have a closing thought for today about preparedness and the state of the world.  Do you have some food put away for hard times?  Food in the panty is not a replacement for faith in the Lord; however, a lack of common sense preparation for a coming storm falls under not providing for your own which the Bible says makes you worse than an infidel.   When people get hungry, (which takes about 3 days), they will do all sorts of things that they would not normally do.  In verse 2 and 3 above, the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.  It does not even say that they were out of food, just that they probably had less and saw no resupply.

In our nation we are used to going to the grocery store whenever we want to get food.  Your local grocery store has about 3 days of inventory at any one time.  History has shown that in an emergency grocery store shelves empty in hours not days.  I encourage each of you to do what you can to put aside food and other items for a rainy day.  But most important is to have your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, because He is the great provider.

Psalm 145:7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.  8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love.  9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Where ever you are in life thank God for His abundant goodness and righteousness!

Regular Joe

About Regular Joe

I am just a 'Regular Joe', follower of my Savior Christ Jesus, loving the wife He gave me 40 years ago and sharing my experiences on God, salvation and preparedness both spiritual and physical.

Posted on February 10, 2012, in DAILY DEVOTIONAL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the Pingback! I hope and pray that my daily devotional is a blessing,
    Vern, aka Regular Joe

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