Prone To Wander

Let's just face the fact, as Christians, we are prone to wander. We know the ways of the Lord because we have been taught them and have the Bible as a resource in front of us but we like to do things in our own way. We are often too prideful to ask for help or to turn to someone else for help let alone turn to God to direct our path. This is exactly where we find the Israelites after Moses had saved them from their slavery in Egpyt. Through the power of God, Moses had led the people out of their captivity and into a better life but the Israelites were having a hard time seeing what God had in store for them.

The story of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness resonated with me. I feel like I can understand their struggle. It is the struggle of knowing there is something better out there but not being able to get there. It is the story of loving God but still having questions. I believe that we have a lot in common with the Israelites as they were wandering in the wilderness. Even though they had experienced God’s saving powers first hand when He parted the Red Sea at the first site of trouble they began to question Him again.

Just as a recap let’s pick up with the Israelites where we left them after last week’s post (God's Big Plan). After leaving the confines of slavery in Egypt you would think that it would have all been smooth sailing. You would think the people of God would have been rejoicing and followed Moses’ lead wherever he went because of all God had done for them but that is not the case. After walking around in circles in the hot desert many of the Israelites began to complain about the conditions. They were hungry and thirsty and this led them to question God’s plan, they question why God even brought them out of Egypt. Exodus 16:3 says, “The Israelites said to them, 'If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.' " God had just saved them from certain death and placed them on the path to a better life but the Israelites could not see their future over their current condition. God is a gracious Father, and He heard their complaints and responded. Exodus 16:4 says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each