Exodus 16: 2-4, 9-12

And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not....Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the LORD, for he has heard your grumbling.’” And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD said to Moses,“I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’”

About a month and a half after the Egyptian army was wiped out by the LORD, unbelief, and grumbling had become the modus operandi of the people, Not only did they forget the sight of dead bodies on the seashore, but all thought of the slavery exacted by Pharaoh. All that remained were memories of creature comforts.

How quickly do memories, or worse, recognition of blessings fade? We should not criticize the Israelites. We, like them, should not require a continuous flow of blessings to enable us to fear the LORD. We are no better at recognizing the quail and manna as the LORD supplies.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 24

Mid-day: 119:17-24

Evening: Psalm 99

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John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

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