Today on my to-do list is to head to the grocery store.
I need food in my fridge and pantry.
It’s not a favorite chore, but it is a regular one. Periodically I look at my cupboards and realize I need to buy groceries.
Maybe our routine is every week, or merely as needed. Maybe it’s make a list, check it twice, and then head out. Perhaps we take advantage of ordering on line and just go to pick it up or even have all of our items delivered. Any way we do it, it’s necessary.
The children of Israel needed food. They were in a desert. There were no grocery stores, no convenient places to run in and buy a few things. It was a desert. But these same people had seen God’s amazing hand cut through a river, building walls of water on both sides. They had experienced the cloud cover by day and warming fire by night. They could see and feel God’s provision. So, what did they do when they needed something to eat?
They complained and rebelled. Here’s how Psalm 78 explains it: “But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High. They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God; they said, ‘Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?’ When the Lord heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven. Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat. He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow. He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.” Psalm 78:17-27
There they were, wandering around in the desert, complaining and rebelling against God. He knew before they ever left Egypt what they needed. All they had to do was ask. But instead, they rebelled and didn’t trust. They became upset, and angry, and demanding, and that made God angry.
Today, it doesn’t matter if we’re wandering around in the wilderness or living in a fine home, God knows what we need. Why not ask Him? He’s ready to listen.
Jesus, today I come to You with praise for all Your provision. You are my source and I trust You. I also bring my requests and lay those before You. Thank You Lord, for all that You have done and will do.