What I love about the book of Exodus is that it describes a massive journey of this huge people group who look and sound a lot like our culture.
You see prior to chapter fifteen the nation of Israel was held in bondage in Egypt. Moses comes and says, “The Lord has told me we are going to get out here.” Then he goes before Pharaoh and says let my people go. Pharaoh struggles and God brings down plagues.
Israel sits and watches God do mighty things: water turned to blood, Locusts all over the place, frogs everywhere, the first born killed unless you had provided a Passover lamb. That only names a few.
After the plagues they continue to watch God do mighty things to get them out of captivity, including the parting of the Red Sea. They saw the water rise up on the sides, and then they walk across on dry land.
Moments later we find ourselves in Exodus 15. The people are triumphantly praising God for what He has done.
In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation. Exodus 15:13
Then we take a short jaunt to verse 22-27 and the people say, “There is no good water. This water is bitter. What are we going to do? Are we going to die?” The Lord in verse 25, tells Moses to throw a tree branch into that water and I will make it the best water you ever drank.
Now they have gone through the plagues, they have seen the red sea being parted, and God has now provided them with water after their grumblings. We get to chapter 16 and the nation says, “What about food?”
They grumble again, and they are plagued with discontentment. In verse 4 the Lord says, “I will rain down bread from the heavens.”
I know I have said it before but we need to truly understand that these people watched God perform the plagues, part the red sea, provide water, and send bread. And then they say, “What about meat?” We see their discontentment shine through again.
The Lord says in verse 12 “I will give you meat in the evenings and manna in the mornings.”
The struggle is real. By now they are over it, right? You read to verse 16 and you think “Man these people need to get it together.” They have seen time and time again how the Lord has provided. Yet they are so discontent. Nothing is enough for them.
You hope it is coming to an end. Instead we get to chapter 17 verses 1-7 and they have moved from grumbling to quarreling against Moses. Why? Water, again! They have made a full circle. The nation never got that God’s enough is more than enough.
When discontentment is ruling over our lives, we are always questioning how we are going to get to the next thing. It becomes all about how I am going to get myself to the next step. The whole time, the Lord is saying “My plan for you is more than enough. My enough is enough.” Are we living in light of God’s enough or are we struggling to accomplish the next thing we think we need?
About the Writer:
Liz is just a girl who spends her days in seminary classes, spends her afternoons interning with First Baptist Dallas Women’s, and spends evenings with her friends laughing and challenging the definition of community to be something much deeper. If you need her you can probably find her watching Dancing with the Stars while on Pinterest, challenging the worldly norm of a 28 year old.