Bible Story: Parting of the Red Sea and Provision in the Desert
It is easy to look at the Israelites and think, "Wow! They really didn't get it! How ungrateful they were! I would never do that!" This is exactly the response the girls had as we read this story this week. This is more often than not my response too when I see the ridiculous state of those portrayed in the Bible. But how fooled we are. May girls are just like them. I am just like them.
The second things don't go the way we expect them to, or want them to, or the minute things get tough, we start to complain. Right? For example, we could have just gone to the park and then gotten ice cream, but the second we get in the car, the complaining starts. "Mama, I am thirsty?" "Mama, my stomach is yelling! I need some food!" "It's too hot in here!" "It's too cold." "My sock hurts!" "MAMA!!!!" The memory of the goodness of ice cream and playgrounds has already faded. My girls have melted into a mess of complaining. My heart easily goes their too. When a paycheck doesn't go through on time- I forget that God provides. When my coffee is too weak- my joy is sapped from my heart for the morning (seriously...I am ridiculous!) When relationships get hard, or people fail us (as they, and we will and do)...where do our hearts go? We are just like the Israelites. We have spiritual amnesia, forgetting the wonders God has displayed throughout His word, and certainly in our own lives. We doubt God's goodness. We fear God's provision is not enough. We complain. We argue. The spiral continues downward...
But what does God do in the desert for His ungrateful, grumbling, quarrelsome people? He provides "Bread from Heaven," each morning, quail to eat at night, and water from a rock! God provides for the needs of His people. He loves His people with a love they will never be able to match. He loves them first, and His love for them displays Grace despite the current wrecked condition of their hearts. He continues to display His love for His children over and over and over again throughout the Bible. God is not like us. That is good news! He loves His children, as the Jesus Storybook Bible puts it, "with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love." Amen!
May the love I share with my own children be a small reflection of His...
"God will provide for my needs from the riches of His glory.
He will do this through Christ Jesus."