In Exodus 16, we learn that the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron for lack of food. But this was really a complaint against God. They remembered their food in the midst of slavery. God heard their cry and provided them with bread from heaven. When the people saw it, they called manna which means “what is it?”
And when the dew that lay was gone up,
behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing,
as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another,
It is manna: for they wist not what it was.
And Moses said unto them,
This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
The people were provided for in their time of need. They were given specific instructions concerning the manna. Only gather enough for one day for the first five days of the week. Anything left until the next day would have worms. On the sixth day of the week, they were to gather enough for two days because God would not provide manna on the Sabbath. Those who went out the gather manna on the Sabbath found nothing.
God provided for His people, but they had to obey him to get the maximum benefit. It is critical that we follow God’s instructions.
In Numbers 11, we learn that the people grew tired of manna and complained again.
And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting:
and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely;
the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
But now our soul is dried away:
there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
They were not satisfied with God’s blessing. They demanded their own way from God. They wanted flesh to eat instead of the manna God had provided. God gave them what they demanded. God forced them to eat quail for an entire month. This became sickening to them.
We need to be thankful for what God has blessed us with. Who has prayed for a job and God provided? Who has prayed for a husband or wife and God provided? Years later, we forget that these are the blessings of God and detest what God has provided. We should not complain against those answers to our prayers. We need to learn from the mistake the children of Israel made and not demand something different from God. Be thankful for what God has already given us. What God provides first is always the best. When God gives you manna in the beginning, don’t demand something different later.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.