That’s the question that the Israelites asked themselves when they first saw the Lord’s breakfast menu. Exodus 16:15 (NLT) reads, “The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. ‘What is it?’ they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, ‘It is the food the Lord has given you to eat.’” Yes indeed. Breakfast was officially served but it came in a form that they were not use too. Let’s get back to that later.
Here’s the scoop: The people were doing what people normally do when things don’t go as expected – COMPLAIN! And of course it’s got to be someone else’s fault. As their leaders, Moses and Aaron listened to a bunch of whining. This particular gripe was about the food supply or perceived lack thereof. It’s as if God did not think ahead of what they would need once they left Egypt. I wrote about that in an earlier post HERE. Mind you that these are people who cried out to God to be delivered (Exodus 3:9), complained about the manner in which He delivered them (Exodus 14:12), and now object to the method in which The Lord was caring for them. I mean, really? Did they not just see God open and close for them? One would think that a bit of trust would be in order. Non-the-less some actually begin longing for days gone by (Exodus 16:3)
Here’s my question: Are we much different?
Say for example we ask God to help us obtain a certain job. We fill out the resume and put our best foot forward as we advance through the interview process. THANK THE LORD, we get the job! Then normally within months the complaining begins. We moan about the hours, or the duties that were not fully explained on day one. Our celebration quickly turns to agony as the morning alarm reminds of yet another day of the same stuff. “God, this is not what I wanted,” we exclaim! At least on the other job the hours were predictable or the boss didn’t yell. Maybe it’s your car that’s the problem. You can’t afford to take it to the shop so we ask God for help. What does He do? He sends that nosey neighbor that you regularly avoid to offer you the help you need. At church a move of God is ALWAYS welcome – just as long as He comes in a manner that we recognize and are use to.
The Bible says that God will supply all of our needs … the question is how? How will we respond when our prayer for a baby is answered with an opportunity to care for a child born with an addiction to crack cocaine? Would you look at that child and ask, “What is it?”
Open your heart and mind and allow the Lord to care for you in new and exciting ways. Never assume because things may not be going as expected, that the Lord is not at work on your behalf.