Pastor Pat is preaching a series on Exodus. Here are some of his points from yesterday's message entitled "Desert Discipleship Diet."
It was in the wilderness that the people began to realize that they were not actually Egyptian. They had lived 400 years in Egypt; God had to get them out of Egypt before He could get Egypt out of them. The wilderness was a necessary part of that process.
When our stomachs rumble, our mouths grumble. (No comment necessary!)
The Desert Discipleship Diet
Water -- Along the way the Lord sweetened the bitter water of Marah (Exodus 15:22-27) and He brought water from the rock when there was no water (chapter 17). God provides for His people.
Oasis -- When you're in the wilderness experience God will occasionally give you a glimpse of His glory to keep you going, but this is not an everyday occurrence.
Bread -- As God provided daily manna for the people (Exodus 16), He promises to give us our daily portion. He doesn't want us to horde it, but to trust Him to provide for our needs, one day at a time, for He is always there.
In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread..." He was reminding us to trust God to meet our needs, each new day, as He did in the desert. In this God is saying to us, "I am sufficient for you today. Do not worry or grumble; I will meet your needs. Keep coming back to me, for I am always with you."