Today’s passage focuses on God’s provision. Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt into the wilderness, and now they must rely completely on what God provides. After they have traveled in the desert for some time, food sources run low and the people begin to question God and Moses’ leadership. The nation of Israel has been freed from slavery, but now they entertain the idea that it would have been better to stay in bondage than to die of hunger and thirst. The people have lost faith in God. Moses brings this to the Lord, who answers with a promise for food. God causes a flock of birds to pass through their camp to supply meat, and every morning, God made a flakey, bread-like substance appear from dried dew. Through all of this, God told the people of Israel to follow Him, to trust in His providing for His people.
The Israelite people had experienced the mighty power of God through His leading them out of Egypt. However, they quickly forgot that He is in control and could sustain them. Many times we do not trust God with our future because we forget about what He has already done for us in the past. As a reminder for yourself, take some time to reflect and write down how you have seen God work in your life in the past. How have you seen God work in the lives of people around you? Write this down also. Are you struggling to trust that God knows what He is doing? Learn from this story in Exodus and from these other life experiences that though you may not be able to see it yet, God is able to provide.