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Exodus 16:1-21, Bread from Heaven

Key Verse

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. The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
— Exodus 16:1-2

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, August 28, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

A scared and confused people wandered the wilderness following the exodus from Egypt. Even though they were oppressed and enslaved, at least their lives were predictable. They had food and clothing, even though it came at a high price. But here in the wilderness, they had nothing. They feared and cried that they would rather die in Egypt with their food and their homes than out here in the wilderness with nothing.

But God didn't leave them with nothing. God provided for them. And God provided exactly what they needed -- no more, no less. In fact, God directed them to gather exactly only what they needed for the day. If they tried to store any more than a day's worth, it went bad and bred worms. Day after day, God provided bread and quail. Interestingly, God required the people to trust in God daily. What better way to establish a new relationship with God than to require a daily act of trust!

How does God build trust with you? Vice versa too?


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