Even though God’s people grumbled and complained, God provided for them and led them through the wilderness.Before You Listen
Theme: Reflecting God- God Calls His People
By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.
A: True. He was so angry when he saw the Israelites worshiping a molten calf that he smashed and broke the tablets.
A: He made them wander in the wilderness for 40 more years.
Throughout the Bible, there are many examples of how God provided for the needs of his people. Often, however, his people weren’t happy with the things he gave them and wanted something more or entirely different. The story of the Israelites and their journey from slavery in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan shows that God always knows what his people need. God had a plan for his people. He told them that he would care for and protect them throughout their journey. But the people didn’t always trust him. When the journey became tough, they complained that they were better off in Egypt. They needed to fully trust that God would provide for all of their needs but they often forgot to do that.
There may be many times in your life when you worry about not having enough. You might think that God is not paying attention to you. But God promises to always give you what you need. The hardest part of this promise for us is that what we need may not be what we want! God’s promise to care for our needs doesn’t mean we will receive our wish list of wants. Every day, God provides blessings. And every day, we have to choose to see them and choose to be close to him. What an amazing gift this is!
Want to dig deeper and learn more about God’s promise to give you what you need? Check out Psalm 84:11, Romans 8:32, Ephesians 3:20,21, and Matthew 6:25-34.
God provides for your needs every day! Make a booklet about his care, and share your gratitude with others. Take two pieces of paper and fold them in half. Fold them in half again so each sheet has four rectangles. Cut on the fold lines so that you have eight rectangles. Staple the rectangles together to make a mini book. On the cover, in fancy writing, write the words, “God Provides for Me”. On each page, write a different setting where God cares for you. Some places might include: “At School,” “At Home,” “At Church,” “At Play,” “In my Neighborhood,” “In my Family,” and “At Sports/Club.” You can also add your own ideas. Underneath, write or draw pictures of examples from your life. Add some color to make your book beautiful! Share your booklet with an adult and tell them about how God promises to provide for them, too.