Realizing the mercy and compassion of Jesus, it is a miracle to see His ability to save and love unconditionally the most wretched people, including oneself. Thousands of years before Jesus ever walked the earth; God the Father was conducting his own business of salvation through his chosen people, the Israelites. While being held captive in slavery in Egypt, the Israelites saw their own share of salvation miracles. In Exodus Chapter 12, the Lord saved their first born sons from death. In Chapter 13 of Exodus, the Lord led the entire Israelite people out of slavery in Egypt and began guiding them to the Promised Land. In Exodus Chapter 14, the Lord rescued them from Pharaoh’s army by opening up a path through the Red Sea. God’s ability to save was apparent, but then appeared the fork in the road of Exodus 16. About sixty days after heading to the Promised Land, the provisions the Israelites took with them from Egypt had run out. They were in the desert thirsty, hungry and probably tired. They had a choice to make: look up to Yahweh who has taken care of them and saved them faithfully, or become fearful, anxious, and bitter, then angry. They chose the latter.
“There in the desert they started complaining to Moses and Aaron, ‘We wish the Lord had killed us in Egypt. When we lived there, we could at least sit down and eat all the bread and meat we wanted. But you have brought us out here into this desert, where we are going to starve.’” (Genesis 16:2-3, Contemporary English Version)
From beginning to end, the Bible shows over and over again that God; Yahweh and Immanuel is all knowing and is all sufficient. Knowing full well He was leading the people through a desert to get to the Promised Land, He all the while had a plan for water and food. But while living in the prosperity of their provision and salvation, they were content that God was doing what they expected Him to do. In despair and desolation, they became discontented and suddenly forgot who their God was and what He had done. They disregarded God’s plan and concentrated only on themselves.
This cycle of content and discontentment has never gone away. It still continues in 2012. Christians are miraculously saved by the grace of God, yet still grumble in spite of the ability God has made apparent. Although a believer would never openly declare that God is an idiot, their grumbling declares otherwise. Grumbling is just another form of believing that God does not really know what He is doing.
In the presence of that fork in the road, God undoubtedly proved who He was by providing manna from heaven. God still proves it in today’s forks in the road. Rather than consider God an idiot, remember what He has already done and consider His faithfulness to continue doing what He is more than able to do.