Following Instructions

More amazing events occurred after the parting of the Red Sea and as the people fled Egypt into the desert as documented in Exodus 15:22-16:36. One event was how the water that tasted bitter was turned into good drinking water after Moses threw a piece of wood into the water (v. 15:26). Another was the glory of the Lord appearing in a cloud as instructions were given about collecting the quail that would cover the camp each evening and bread every morning (verses 16:11-15).

God tested the Israelite community to see if they could follow specific instructions. They were to gather enough quail and bread for one day. Some didn’t pay attention and the food became full of maggots and smelled.

It is important to pay attention and follow instructions. Each day, we should have faith that God will provide for our needs and not just complain about the situation like the Israelites did. Instead, we should make God’s promises our own and be grateful when He does provide.

This day with You Lord, our attention is undivided; and we are thankful for what you have daily provided. This morning is a wonderful time for praise in all the ways You have guided and will continue to provide and guide in the future. Amen.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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