"The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.” (Exodus 16:1-8)
It's a pretty bold statement that the Israelites make..."We were better off as slaves back in Egypt." God miraculously brings 10 plagues against Egypt...rescues the people who'd cried out to be rescued...parts the Red Sea to save them, then swallows up their enemy by closing the sea at just the right time...That's what God has done in recent days, weeks and months...and Israel's short term memory has fizzled. Their appetite is bigger than their heart for God. They'd rather choose bondage and oppression than to stick with the God who has proven trustworthy over and over again.
And 3500 years later, we're not a whole lot different. The minute a trial or hardship comes our way, many of us start to question whether God is good, whether God is faithful, whether it might have been better for us to choose a life of bondage and sin rather than the freedom we have in Christ.
Even in this 21 day fast, we are tempted day after day to go back to Egypt, rather than stay on the path we're heading. I had a dream last night that I snuck 3 pieces of greasy, artery clogging, stuffed crust pizza. Every time I go to the fridge and have the singular option of H2O, I think about Egypt.
But God IS good. And God IS faithful. He provided manna (in the Hebrew, literally "What is it?") in the wilderness. It was exactly what they needed to be sustained.
So let's practice the Manna Principle today...GOD WILL GIVE ME EXACTLY WHAT I NEED TO LIVE TODAY.