Dinner on the Ground

Theme: God provides for his children. - Proper 13 (18) Yr. B
Object: A bucket of chicken nuggets and some rolls or biscuits.
Scripture: "I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, 'At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'" Exodus 16:12 (NIV)

Do you like chicken nuggets? I do! I went by Chick-fil-A® and picked up a box of chicken nuggets. Would you like to share them with me? Oh, look, I not only have some chicken nuggets, I even have some hot biscuits and honey! Mmmm, Mmmm! It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Wouldn't it be great if every evening at dinner time, we could open our front door, walk out into the yard, and pick up boxes full of chicken nuggets? All the chicken nuggets we could eat! And what if every morning we could open the front door and walk out into the yard and pick up boxes full of the hot biscuits with honey for breakfast? That would be great, wouldn't it?

Did you know we can read in the Bible about a time when something almost exactly like that happened? God's people, the Israelites, had been held as prisoners in Egypt for many years. When they were finally freed and left Egypt, they were looking for the land that God had promised them. After they had been wandering around lost in the desert for a couple of months, the people started to grumble and complain against their leaders, Moses and his brother Aaron.

"We had it better when we were in Egypt," they complained. "At least we had plenty to eat. You have brought us out here in the desert to starve us to death!"

God heard the people complaining and told Moses that in the evening he would send quail to cover the camp so that the people would have meat to eat. Not only that, but in the morning, after the dew was gone, there would be bread on the ground for everyone to eat. All they had to do was go out, pick it up, and eat it.

Why did God do this for those grumblers and complainers? He did it so that they would know that he loved them and that he would take care of them. God hadn't brought them out of Egypt to let them starve in the desert! He was going to see to it that they made it to the land which he had promised them.

Sometimes you and I grumble and complain, don't we? We forget that God loves us and that he provides us with everything that we need. Instead of grumbling and complaining, we should be saying, "Thank you," and I think we should do that right now!.

Heavenly Father, sometimes we grumble and complain. When we do, help us to remember that every good thing we have comes from you. Amen.

Note: If you plan to use chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A® for this sermon, you will have to pick them up on Saturday night. Why? Because they are closed every Sunday to insure that all employees have the opportunity to worship and spend time with family. That's a rarity in this day and time!

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