This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Exodus 16) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses to write the first five books in the Bible. The book of Exodus is all about God’s miraculously assisting His special nation (Israel) to leave their 400 year slavery in Egypt in order to return to their promised land. Along the way God provides His people with a special tent of meeting and specific jobs and ceremonies for them to perform to enable Him to remain with them.
The Israelites soon forgot about their miraculous passage through the Red Sea. As they began wandering in the desert and they had no food, they began to grumble against their leaders Moses and Aaron and God. How was God going to deal with feeding millions of people every day?
Ask the children…
What did God tell Moses to say to the people?
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day.’” (Exodus 16:4)
How much manna did God provide for His people?
“So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. 18 But when they measured it out,[d] everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.” (Exodus 16:17, 18 )
God provides every day just what we need. If the Israelites couldn’t keep more manna than what they needed for one day. They had to learn to trust God to provide every day. And He did for the entire 40 years of the wilderness wanderings.
Ask your children if they trust God to provide what they need for today? Does He have enough manna for them for all their needs? How do they pick up their manna today from God? Give them examples like eating the food of Gods’ word, praying and asking for what they need for today. Spend some time picking up manna together.
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