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 As a parent, we learn at an early age that the children cry when they have a need. We also learn that they learn to cry when they want attention. The important balance is to meet their needs without rewarding the fussing they do for attention. Israel grumbled about the lack of food, the type of food, the lack of water and the type of water. Despite the grumbling, God continued to listen and meet their needs in a fantastic way.

God provided Manna, which means “What is it” in the morning and quail for the evening meal. He taught them to only take what they need for a day, and he taught them to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. In the beginning, God was patient and specific in each lesson to show Israel he heard them and would meet their needs.

In current day, God still works to meet our needs. He listens and responds. While his timing is not always consistent with our timing, as with Israel, God balances the meeting of our needs with our desire to be the center of attention. We as mature Christians, know that while God encourages us to pray about everything—HE DOES NOT encourage us to “whine” about everything. If you have kids, like him, you know the difference!

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So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”

Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”

10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.

11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”