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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 13, 2023
Why Complain The Lord Provides

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Exodus 15:22-27 KJV
22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

How ready are we to complain when things are not as we desire in our own comfort level. Sometimes we get this image of that they simply had no choice but to go into the wilderness. Yet we quickly forget the devastation left behind by God's judgments on Egypt. Fall and winter does not look good for anyone left behind. However the blessings was God took many mouths to feed into the wilderness to the blindness of Pharaoh who was only after his own desires.

Now people were not use to camping or roughing it and they found water that was undrinkable and they complained to Moses. And Moses listened to God and he cut a tree down that turn the bitter water sweet. They travel on and twelve wells under some palm trees. Then they complained about need of bread. God provided.

Every complaint meet with provision including meat. Yet God promised protection if Israrl would obeyed him. I am sure Moses seemed like a God despite the flame of fire by night and the cloud that lead them during the day and shield their back at night went before them before the red sea. They were too new at trusting in God, but they would learn to trust. They would learn trust had a price called obedience. As they learn manna would stink if not used as directed by God decreed.

One of the curriculums of scripture is to trust and obey, but also lesson of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament and through out the Old Testament. To pray and wait on God's response. Jesus did not call you without willing to provide for your needs. God did not call Israel into the wilderess to starve or thirst to death.

What is your need and is it a necessary or is one's desire our brain cells that wants everything we do not need. We can learn some of the hardest lessons about faith in Old Testament especially Exodus. We learn prayer must be applied in faith. We learn our trials is used to strengthen our faith.

As I watch on the news the images of hurricane victims during Katrina stand fifty yards from a store on the news and complain of hunger, people failed to see the well in front of them. Also hungry people on the street fail during the pandemic at first to stand in foodlines it became their hope long after their own reserves could not beat this storm, but for many it was a crisis that ownselves could not repair.

The point being how many shared a soup pot, and how many found God's grace in the storm. How many found supplies given as part of the open door.

Are we failing to see God's blessings and praising God for it. God's mercy is great but we need to seek Him. I can admit my lack prayer at times though I know and experienced the power of God. That were it must start when we acknowledge are own responsibility of asking him for supplies in our grumblings. Israel was not tapped into the power source through prayer. They had the plug for the outlet but lack knowledge of how to plug it in, to receiving the blessings. There are times we still not knowing we can shine all day and through the night because we are afraid of the power source as we see his provision and supply.

God's supply is not running out with twelve wells and shade to stand under to cool from the heat. God knows our need of comfort. What are looking the plush cushions and refreshments from the palace delivered. Yes we are King's kids but we are not exempt from the discomforts of this world. His provisions are with faith, trust and obedience to him.

Dear Heavenly Father quiet our grumbling, still our fears as we receive the provisions for not only our storms but through out the valley of faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Exodus 16:1-6 KJV
1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.
2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
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.
4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.
6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:


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