KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 16:3 ” And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
(Pls read Exodus 16 :1–36)
The children of Israel murmured against Moses because they had no food in sight to eat. They murmured and spoke abominably to Moses and Aaron. These people who cried under the horrible treatment the Egyptian task masters gave to them, said, it would have been better they died in Egypt. Why couldn’t these Jews consider any of the mighty works of God, to show a little trust in Him? These people were self-centered. No man can express any trust in God if he is self-centered.
The bible described these people as not entering into their rest.( rest ,is a state of peace and confidence, knowing that everything is under control) Hebrews 4:2 reads “For unto us was the gospel preached as well as unto them but the word preached did not profit them not being missed with faith in them that heard it”. We are also warned to be cautious not to fail to enter into God’s rest. God’s intention for every child of His inspite of whatever he or she may be experiencing is to live a life of rest or to be at peace with himself. It is only in a state of a peace of mind and heart that God works to bring to pass His perfect will and intention for His children.
In Exodus 16:4 the Lord responded to the position of these complaining Israelites by saying he would rain bread from heaven for them. He instructed on the procedure for their collection of this bread. The Lord answered these people and gave them manna although they were in doubt and unbelief. Why did He do so since it was against His general principle of doing things for people who had no faith in Him? The Lord brought manna not as an answer to the complains and murmuring of the people but as an answer to the faith of Moses and Aaron. (Exodus 16:6).
God has stated throughout the counsel of scripture that he responds to the faith of men. Hebrews 11:6 ” But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. “. Life from God’s point of view should not be stressful and miserable but through trust in the word of God man will lead a life of rest and peace although he may be faced with challenging times. Man cannot live without challenges but God has planned a life of peace and rest that makes us live above every one of these challenges through faith or trust in Him.1 John 5:4 ” For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
God’s word is the light that leads me in this life, it is the key that opens every door I face, it is the medicine that heals every ailment that attacks me, and the best counsel for every decision I have to make. I am a winner in this life because I live by God’s word.
Hebrews 4:9-10 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh”.