Rule Number One: Trust, Rule Number Two: Obey

Sometimes following the simplest rules is just too hard.

Exodus 16:1-4 Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt.

2 There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron. 3 “If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”

4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow My instructions.

Exodus 16:19-20 Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” 20 But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.

Exodus 16:26-28 You may gather the food for six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath. There will be no food on the ground that day.” 27 Some of the people went out anyway on the seventh day, but they found no food. 28 The LORD asked Moses, “How long will these people refuse to obey My commands and instructions?

The whole nation begins to complain to Moses about the lack of food on this journey they haven’t passed a Popeye’s Chicken or even a 7-11 store, they are thinking about all the good food that was available to them back in Egypt. It seems that nobody is remembering the fact that the Lord destroyed all the livestock and the crops during the plagues that came as a result of Pharaoh’s lack of interest in letting the Israelites go.

The Lord has mercy on his people and gives them a food source that could only have happened because it was from a supernatural source. Every day except the Sabbath day their food was waiting for them in the morning.

All that was required was some simple obedience to some simple rules, but just like all of us, we are all tempted to take care of ourselves and provide for our own well being and security by bending the rules that God has given us. We are wired to take care of our security and we are easily led astray by the temptation to handle our own well being by any means available, but God wants us to obey, if he says that he will supply our “daily bread” on a daily basis then we need to act in faith and allow God to provide, how else will we see the miracle?

Obedience is commanded (Deut 13:4) and it is said to be better than sacrifice (1Sam 15:22) Therefore it is extremely important, we have a direct order from God to submit to his authority and he tells us that it is far more important than the sacrifices that God ordained as an atonement for sin, that says that obedience is a big deal and must be taken seriously.

I must trust God for my daily resources, knowing that he will supply all that I need for another day on this earth or he will furnish me with all that I need for eternity with him.

Forgive me Lord for all the times that I have tried to provide for myself instead of relying on you. I should never compromise on obedience in order to take care of things myself.