In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day…”
Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.”
While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud.
The LORD said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’” (Exodus 16:9-11)
God’s response to the grumbling of the Israelites may not be what we would expect:
He tells them that He has heard their grumbling.
He calls them to come before Him.
And He graciously provides for them.
He does this that they may “know that I am the LORD your God.” God wanted His people to not just have ideas about Who He is (and lacking, incomplete, outright wrong ideas at that), but to truly know that He is the LORD their God.
The Lord our God is the One who rescues His people, and the Lord our God is the One who provides for His rescued ones.
In our need, in our desert times, what is our response? Today, let us hear the fearful yet comforting truth that the Lord hears us (even when we think that we are not “talking to Him”). Let us turn away from grumbling and complaining and instead come before the Lord in trust and obedience. May His provision in our lives bear testimony to us and to others that He is the Lord our God.
Worship Him in song – “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman