And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? - Exodus 16.25-28
The instructions were simple. God would give the people enough manna for their families for six days, but they were only to take enough to feed their family. On the sixth day God would give double which they were to collect and save for the Sabbath day because He would not send manna on that day.
How easy can it be?
And yet they couldn’t do it. Some tried to get too much and the food rotted. Some didn’t gather double on Friday and had nothing on the Sabbath. All they had to do was trust God enough to obey Him. But apparently even that was too hard.
What a bunch of dummies, huh? They didn’t even know enough to trust God and obey him. They really thought they knew best. Of course, they knew better than God.
Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it? We would never act that way.
But wait a second. Don’t we do that all the time? Don’t we see what God says in His word, hear the truth preached in church, or are encouraged by a friend about what we need to do, and then just don’t do it?
How long are we going to keep going on doing what we want and ignoring what God wants us to do? How long are we going to refuse His way?