The Lord brought his people out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; and not one among the tribes of Israel even stumbled. Egypt was glad when they were gone, for they feared them greatly. The Lord spread a cloud above them as a covering and gave them a great fire to light the darkness. They asked for meat; and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna –bread from heaven. He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland. For he remembered his sacred promise to his servant Abraham. So he brought his people out of Egypt with joy, his chosen ones with rejoicing. He gave his people the lands of pagan nations, and they harvested crops that others had planted. All this happened so they would follow his decrees and obey his instructions. Praise the Lord! Psalm 105: 37-45 NLT
Okay, so this psalm has done a careful bit of editing around the whole wandering in the wilderness story. But that's okay because the focus is not on the whining of God's people. The focus is on what God did for them.
God got them out of dodge with lots of doodads. In other words, they left a rich people. No one was left behind. God provided covering during the day, light at night and a clear path to follow. God made sure they had meat, bread, and water in the merciless desert. God never forgot his promise to Abraham – even when it was a bit delayed. He then gave them the promised land with plenty of homes, land and crops that they did not plant themselves.
God did all these things so that God's people will be as faithful as God was.
Too bad we have let God down.
God, forgive me when I have not been as committed to you as you are to me. You have done so much for me, even with all my complaints. Thank you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims