Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/9/2023 Exodus 16:1-8

Today please be in prayer for

University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Blue River District
Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Blue River District
Mission Outreach and Social Justice Ministries
Blue River District
Beatrice Centenary UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Exodus 16:1-8

The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim and came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate our fill of bread, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him — what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

Today’s Reflective Questions

  • Even if it is not obvious, where do you see a theme of fasting — or withholding something — in the assigned reading?
  • Lent is a time that encourages self-reflection. What is your heart, mind, or body saying in this season?
  • What might God be saying to you? Is there anything you want to say to God about the practice of giving something up in this season?

Today's Devotional

This Week’s Lenten Focus: Fasting

This Lenten season, Bishop David Wilson, along with some conference staff and members of the laity, are inviting the people of the Great Plains Conference and beyond to “Pay Attention to God’s Voice” during this season of Lent. The theme for this week is Fasting and Prayer.
Discipline isn’t necessarily something to which we naturally gravitate, but when we’re serious about becoming disciples of Jesus, it’s an essential part of the Christian life. This week we’ll take a look at the spiritual discipline of fasting and consider how intentionally limiting something that’s good (food, technology, or something else) cultivates discipline that helps us pay closer attention to God’s voice, individually and in a community. Life isn’t found in calories, vitamins, or nutrients, though those things sustain it. Rather, life is found in submitting our lives to God, in taking on the life of Christ, and in putting one foot after another, day after day. You are invited to practice cultivating communion with God even in the intentional denial of something that is good.
Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford
Rev. Bellarmee Milosi

Invitation to Go Deeper

What are you learning about fasting, the intentional denial of something that is good so that you can experience a deeper communion with Christ? Consider how fasting affects your mind…your body…your soul. Is something coming to your awareness that could be a word from God?

Prayer for Reflection

God, it is tempting to grumble, as if that will change our circumstances. And yet, you provide for us in new and creative ways, meeting our needs and proving trustworthy. Help us to trust you, even when things are not as we want them to be. Amen.


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