Chapter-a-Day Exodus 16

Cries of a child. Moses instructed Aaron: "Tell the whole company of Israel: 'Come near to God. He's heard your complaints.'" Exodus 16:9 (MSG)

When I was a kid, my mom told me, "you're such a pessimist." At the time, I wasn't sure what a pessimist was. I suspected it had something to do with being ambidextrous, though I couldn't be sure. She was right. I was always fearing the worst and looking at the glass half-empty. I was the child quick to complain, and being the baby of the family I was all about pulling out the "fairness" card.

I'd like to think that I've come a long way since that stretch of life's road. I've travelled much further down the path and seen God's blessing. I've also experienced God's faithfulness and provision along the way. Based on that, I would consider myself much more of a glass-half full guy today.

Yet, I'm still human. Little Tommy Tucker can still creep up in my spirit and sing a full, pessimistic lament. As I journey through Exodus I read a lot of griping and complaining. I love that God, even when the people are childish, hears their complaints. When I read about Israel's wilderness wanderings, I often get the mental picture of a father dealing with an emotional toddler. And I, like most people, can find myself feeling childish emotions from time to time.

I'm thankful that God hears my complaints, even when they are simply the rant of this overemotional child.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Jeremy Brooks

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 16”

  1. 35 The Israelites ate the manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle down. They ate manna until they reached the border into Canaan.
    Manna for forty years. Wow. My kids complain when we have leftovers 3 meals in a row. The message for me today is that God provides. He provides EXACTLY what we will need. We may not like it, may get tired of it, may not recognize God’s provision, but He is the ultimate Giver. This lesson will be top of mind the next few weeks for me.

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