BY: TRISHIA WARRICK
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BIBLE TEXT: Exodus 16:9-16 (MSG): Moses instructed Aaron: “Tell the whole company of Israel: ‘Come near to God. He’s heard your complaints.’” When Aaron gave out the instructions to the whole company of Israel, they turned to face the wilderness. And there it was: the Glory of God visible in the Cloud. God spoke to Moses, “I’ve listened to the complaints of the Israelites. Now tell them: ‘At dusk you will eat meat and at dawn you’ll eat your fill of bread; and you’ll realize that I am God, your God.’” That evening quail flew in and covered the camp and in the morning there was a layer of dew all over the camp. When the layer of dew had lifted, there on the wilderness ground was a fine flaky something, fine as frost on the ground. The Israelites took one look and said to one another, man-hu (What is it?). They had no idea what it was. So Moses told them, “It’s the bread God has given you to eat. And these are God’s instructions: ‘Gather enough for each person, about two quarts per person; gather enough for everyone in your tent.’”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: The larger Biblical story in this section is the consistent complaining of the Israelites as they leave a life of slavery in Egypt and travel to freedom in the Promised Land. Clearly, nothing God did for His people pleased them long-term. Moses points out the Israelites may think they are complaining against leadership (vs. 7), but instead, they are complaining against God.
I have read this section of the Bible many times in the past. For the first time, however, I observed the translation of the word “manna” or “man-hu.” My “ah-ha” moment (the printable version of what personal conviction to my soul looks like) hit me. The Israelites were so caught up in their critical whining that they failed to recognize provision. They labeled it man-hu, which is translated, “What is it?” They couldn’t figure out what to call it. Why didn’t they call it what it was…PROVISION.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Do I recognize the tailor-made provision God grants in my life? When I hold onto a critical spirit against fellow Christ-followers or a negative attitude against my Lord, do I miss the provisions in my life such as family, love, companionship, soul-partners, and that which is miraculous? Do I name it what it should be named…PROVISION? When God provides, I want to remember to call it like it is.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to recognize the unique ways You provide for me. Let me testify to all the things You have given me instead of stubbornly disregarding Your gifts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Trishia married a guy that likes the outdoors, so camping has become her number one idea of a good time. Her greatest achievements lately have been to out-fish her husband (with a fly-rod). Her average week has her homeschooling two children, tutoring multiple students in history at a local tutorial, and volunteering in leadership at the tutorial as well. She loves reading and has become addicted to young adult fiction.