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During the Israelite’s journey through the wilderness, they unfortunately did a lot of looking back and complaining. They were never truly satisfied with how God protected them and covered them. They always seemed to doubt that God’s provision was truly enough for their survival. It’s really a sad situation.

How often do we do the same? We cry out to God, sometimes from a state of complaining, but yet, He chooses to come through for us. He chooses to provide us with what will meet our individual and immediate needs, but since it is not to our specifications and doesn’t meet the measurements we have set, then we are disappointed or even upset with God.

Let’s take a look at the story of the manna and quail that God provided straight from Heaven. Wow! That is enough to be thankful for right there. When God sends us a special blessing that only Heaven can provide, what great love that displays to us. Well, it should.

Looking at Exodus the 16th chapter, we read how the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron, or so they thought.

Exodus 16:3 (NLT) says,
3 “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”

God’s response:

Exodus 16:4 (NLT) says,
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.

God answered their initial prayer request. He implemented HIS plan and will for the situation, even within their time of grumbling and complaining. But, there were instructions to follow. We are required to follow the instructions of God. Sometimes, it is a test of our faith in God. He wants to know, have we grown in our trust of Him? Are we truly relying on Him or are we just looking for a quick hookup to keep us going? When we receive it are we just going to turn around and keep doing what we have always done?

There must be a change of our character as we grow up in Christ. In the beginning of our walk with Him, because old habits do die slowly sometimes, we may act in this childlike manner. But we must become mature in Christ. We do this by studying His Word, the Bible, and applying His instructions to our lives. We pray and ask Him to sanctify us, to take away everything that is not like Him. We cannot make a request and then, because He loves us and is so gracious and merciful, He provides for us, but we end up basically saying, “Thanks! See ya later! I’m good now.” We must build our connection with Him by asking, receiving, then thanking Him and remaining with Him, continuing to walk according to His will.

Exodus 16:6-8 (NLT) says,
6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “By evening you will realize it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 7 In the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaints, which are against him, not against us. What have we done that you should complain about us?” 8 Then Moses added, “The Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and bread to satisfy you in the morning, for he has heard all your complaints against him. What have we done? Yes, your complaints are against the Lord, not against us.”

Exodus 16:11-12 (NLT) says,
11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

God did just what He promised. When God provided, they really weren’t sure what they were looking at. Sometimes our request comes answered in a different form then what we imagined for our lives or for the situation at hand. But God knows what is best for us and we must always remember that it’s never just about us. He has an overall greater purpose and what He does provide for us individually to meet our needs, He will also align to His will for the big picture, which ultimately serves to bring Him glory. A God who can provide just what we need, even when it looks like nothing, is an amazing God!

If we can continue to move from one day to the next, in abundance or even in lack, God is still the almighty God. We are still standing. We can still be grateful.

Exodus 16:16-20 (NLT) says,
16 These are the Lord’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.” 17 So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. 18 But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. 19 Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” 20 But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.

Do you see the progression here? The Israelites complained. God instituted a plan to sustain everyone and to give them just what they needed, in spite of their attitude. He is the God of enough, which means that You have everything; I have everything that I need. Some of them did not listen and follow the specific instructions and they kept some of it until morning. But by then, it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell.

Just think about some of the things that you have tried to hold on to in your life, beyond what God has told you to do. He gave you your portion, but you wanted more; greater, better. Now you are stuck in some stinky situations of your own, wanting God to clean up the mess.

Their problem. Our problem. We still want to have control and do things our own way. The Result: Spoiled Circumstances.

We must not doubt that God’s provision is truly enough for our survival. We must not chase after bigger and grander things that we think will make us happy, without the leading and instruction of God. It will always turn into a stinky situation that goes against His pathway for us.

Remember, each day, that God provides just enough. Spread the news so that others will catch on and their lives will remain free of the stink.

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