Exodus 16-18

Exodus 16:3
3 And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

The world can look pretty good when we are going through a trial. We mustn’t believe it for a moment. What God has for us on the other side of the trial is always better.

Exodus 16:11-12
11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God. ’”

Having raised six children I heard a lot of complaining. There were times I wanted to pull my hair out. I thank God that He is not that way with us, He listens and if that were not enough, He responds accordingly.

Exodus 16:27-28
27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?

We must always, always take the Lord at His word. He will do what He says He will do.

Exodus 16:35
35 And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

Can you even imagine how nutritious ‘manna’ was? I would love to have been able to taste it, especially knowing what I know about it now.

Exodus 17:4
4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!”

We must learn to cry out to the Lord, the very first thing, whenever we don’t know what to do.

Exodus 18:8
8 And Moses told his father- in- law all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the hardship that had come upon them on the way, and how the Lord had delivered them.

There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about the Lord and all the marvelous things He has done in my life. I am always disappointed when I am hanging out with other Christians and the Lord never seems to come up in their conversation. I don’t understand why.

Exodus 18:20
20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do.

As a pastor, the best thing I can do for the people under my care is teach them the word of God and then show them how to walk as a Christian and how to serve the Lord.


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