The Wilderness Test

Exodus 15:22-17:7

This week, our kids learned that God provided food and water for His people as they wandered in the wilderness. When Israel became hungry and thirsty, they grumbled about Moses and God, and God graciously provided for them even if they did not deserve it. In the same way that God provided for Israel’s physical need, God provides for the spiritual need of people through Jesus.

Help your kids understand that God is gracious and He freely gives what we need – including Jesus – not because of anything they have done, but because of God’s goodness alone.

Family Conversations and Activities

Main Points from the Bible Story:

  1. Moses led the Israelites into the wilderness or desert.
  2. When the people ran out of food and water, they complained to Moses.
  3. God gave the people manna, quail, and water from a rock.

Family Discussion Starters:

  1. Why did the Israelites complain in the wilderness? How did God provide for them?
  2. Do we ever complain? What does that tell about us?
  3. Do you trust God to take care of you? Why or why not?

Family Activities

  • Make a list of things you need to live, and then make a list of blessings God has provided above your needs. Thank God for His care.
  • Serve a meal or donate food to a homeless shelter or food bank.

Bible Verse

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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