Sometimes when we are complaining, it reflects that our hearts are not grateful for the things that we do have. God wants us to have grateful hearts, and He also wants us to come to Him with our requests rather than grumbling when we don’t get our way. That doesn’t mean that God will always give us exactly what we want, but we can trust that God will give us exactly what we need.
This Sunday School lesson is about the story of the Israelites grumbling in the desert. God had rescued them from the Pharaoh. He sent Moses to lead them through the desert to the Promised Land. It wasn’t an easy or short trek.
On their journey, God’s people had seen Him do amazing things, yet they still managed to find things to complain about. At one point, they complained about the lack of food. So you know what God did for those grumblers and complainers? He sent them manna and quail. Yes. God was gracious to them and provided for them even though they were ungrateful.
Why do you think God showed grace to 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! God was going to see to it that they made it to the land which He had promised them.
At some point we all grumble and complain. When we do, let’s remember that every good thing we have comes from above. Let us pray that we keep our hearts to Him and remember to focus on gratitude for what we already have.
This week’s lesson includes directions for how to make quails from paper plate, origami paper and cupcake liners. It also has recipes for unleavened bread and matzah. Children are invited to write out their nightly prayers and add a few sentences about what they are grateful for.