Today’s reading is Exodus 17-18.

Israel was delivered from Egypt through the Red Sea, celebrated, glorified God, and were certain they were going to the Promised Land. Then they were thirsty and complained. Then they were hungry and complained. Now they are thirsty again and complain. I can’t help but think of Jesus’s words for us in Matthew 6:31-33.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all  these things will be added to you.

Israel in the wilderness confirms God does in fact know how to care for us. It may not always be at the level to which we’ve become accustomed, but He knows how to care for His own, and He knows how to get us to the Promised Land. Hang on to Him.

Tomorrow’s reading is Exodus 19-20.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, Israel tested God, asking if He was really among them or not because they were thirsty. Though He had sent 10 plagues on Egypt, brought them through the Red Sea safely, provided drink and food already, when they hit a tough spot, they immediately questioned God’s presence. Understand that is exactly what our enemy wants us to think  anytime we get into a rough spot. Anytime life gets hard, someone sins against us, some blessing is removed, Satan wants us to believe God doesn’t exist or that He has abandoned us. Understand Satan’s only goal is to get you to abandon God. Israel needed to learn, and so do we, God’s presence doesn’t mean everything is easy. It means He will walk us through the dark times. No matter what comes your way or what anyone else says, hang on to God. He really is there for you…always.

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