Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Hebrews in the Wilderness

Three days after God led the Hebrews across the dry bed of the Red Sea, they came to a place in the wilderness where they could find no water. Then they came to Marah, but the water was bitter. The people complained to Moses, asking him what they were supposed to drink. Moses cried out to God, and God showed him a tree. He threw the tree into the water, and the waters were made sweet.

God made a promise to the people.

“If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.” (Exodus 15:26)

Wow! What a promise. Do you think they obeyed?

Midway through the second month of their time in the wilderness, they complained again. This time they told Moses they would have been better off staying in Egypt. How quickly they forgot how life had been.

God provided for them by sending down bread from heaven, giving them specific instructions on how much they were to gather and when they were to gather it. He also sent quail for them in the evening. And though most of the people followed His instructions, some did not.

How quickly do we forget God’s bountiful blessings and focus on our temporal problems? How often do we lose sight of God’s direction and take matters into our own hands? Oh, that we would only remember all the many ways God has taken care of us in the past and trust Him to take care of us in the future.

Read the Story: Exodus 16

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