Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord because he has heard your murmurings against the Lord. As for us, what are we, that you should murmur against us?”
— Exodus 16:6–7
The Jewish people had just seen God pull off the greatest miraculous intervention the world had seen (since the flood, at least). Ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the defeat of the Egyptian army, and more. And after wandering in the desert for a short time, they were no longer praising the all-powerful God who freed them. They were not celebrating with psalms and thanksgiving. No, they were longing for the days when they were slaves in Egypt and are grumbling against the Lord.
I can’t judge my ancestors too harshly. Honestly, this is probably my biggest struggle too. If left unchecked, my misplaced trust can derail my faith and my peace faster than almost anything.
Let me explain what I mean by misplaced trust. At the end of verse 7 Moses and Aaron said to the Israelites, “As for us, what are we, that you should murmur against us?”
When I read that, I understand that Israel was looking to Moses and Aaron to provide for them, just like they believed previously that it was a pharaoh who met their needs. This is misplaced trust. We do it all the time, or at least I do.
Here is the truth: if I am looking to man, then I am not looking to God. And if I am not looking to God, then it is impossible for me to see his glory. If I can’t see his glory working in my life, then my faith wains. And if my faith wains, I am living a life full of fear and worry.
In the past, I have been angry at my job for not meeting my needs. I have been angry at parents, friends and family members for not giving me what I felt like I needed. Not only did that anger make it impossible for me to have peace in my life, but it also ruined my relationships.
God makes his grace known in our lives every day. Every day he has given provision so that you can see his glory. Today make the decision to look for it.