Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;  Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.  Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst. : Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not. Nehemiah 9: 18-21
As we look at these verses we see rebellion. Aaron, Moses’ brother made a golden calf and told the Israelites, “Here is your god that brought you out of Egypt.” Doing this was total rebellion against God and the commandments that God gave to them.
God was angry with this rebellion and we are told in chapter 32 of Exodus that Moses pleaded with God and He repented of the evil that He was going to do to the people. In verse 19 of chapter 9 in Nehemiah we are told the reasons of God’s turnabout.
In God’s manifold (abundant) mercies (compassion) He did not leave them in the wilderness but gave them a cloud to follow in the daytime and a pillar of fire to follow at night to lead the way. God’s abundant compassion does not end there but He provided food and water for the journey.
For forty years God provided physical protection as well as food and water. The clothes on their backs did not rot or get old nor did their feet swell. Remember walking was the mode of transportation during this time.
God is still full of abundant compassion. Is there something in your life you are rebelling against? Is God dealing with you about serving Him in a certain capacity? Pray and seek God’s will.
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Psalm 145:8
Don’t rebel but trust Him today to lead you in the right way, like only He can.
Have a blessed day,
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