By: Steve Negley

Posted: March 3, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

Exodus 16:1-12

16 The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim and came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate our fill of bread, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites: ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’ ” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; 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.’

Humans need food to live. God knows that. Then why don’t we trust that God will provide? Not long after God rescued the children of Israel from hundreds of years in slavery, the people started complaining. Did God really lead them out from Egypt only to starve in the wilderness? No. So God sent manna and quails to feed them. And that went on for forty years.

God is leading me on a journey of faith today. And God will provide the food I need. (Most days, I can buy what I need with the money I have been able to earn. But if the times were ever too thin, I know of a place where they give out bag lunches each weekday, and a wonderful hot meal at 4 pm every Saturday.) God provides.


Our Father in heaven, may your name be holy. May your kingdom come and your will be done. Give me today my daily bread. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.