We wrap up our study on contentment in Exodus 16:2-21 and 17:1-7 with a look at how God’s people respond to the wilderness. God rescued them from slavery in Egypt, yet when they find themselves in uncomfortable situations they complain that God doesn’t care about them and even long to return to Egypt. In spite of that, God continued to meet their needs in the wilderness providing what they needed the whole time.
Bottom Line: Don’t miss out on what you have now. If we’re only thinking about what we don’t have, we’ll miss being able to celebrate how God is taking care of us. It’s easy to find something else we think we need that will make us happy, but contentment is finding the joy in what God has provided right here and now. We pray that kids will start seeing the good in their life rather than complain and miss out.
“But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?"
Life Application: Contentment -Deciding to be okay with what you have
Bottom Line: Don’t miss out on what you have now
Memory Verse: "Then he said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has." - Luke 12:15
Next Steps for Parents & Grandparents: While Driving just for fun, everyone (parents included!), list out all the things you would buy right now if you had all the money in the world! Now, come back to reality and list out the things you currently have that meet all of your needs and more. Tell your kids this friendly reminder, “Don’t miss out on what you already have now.”