“He rained meat upon them like the dust.” (78:27) What a weird thing, the LORD did. I’ve seen a lot of apocalyptic movies and I still have a hard time imagining meat rain. How do you know to take it as a, “Oh, hey, thanks LORD!” and not as a, “Run for your lives!” In any case, they didn’t run or give thanks, they started gorging themselves and the LORD came at them out of anger (78:31)
After many cycles of the LORD providing and Israel being indignant, we still find this unrelenting love of God.: “Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.” (78:39)
I hear all the time how people prefer the New Testament God to the Old Testament God and I think people are way mistaken. I don’t think we can properly understand Jesus if we don’t understand the patiently enduring love of the LORD. His expectations for us are a lot lower than we think.
The only people Jesus condemned were the religious elite who were piling necessary burdens on people; slamming the doors to the kingdom in faces. Even when Jesus had an excellent chance to come after the people of Israel as a whole, saying, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!” He doesn’t curse them, but instead gives us a glimpse of the Eternal Nature of the LORD, saying, “How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” (Matthew 23:37)
They grieved Him all those years in the wilderness (78:40) His jealously and wrath always manifested in refining fire, after way more chances than any human would allot.
All this to say, be willing to let the LORD mother you. Let Him offload your shame burdens. Give yourself a break and remember mankind was formed out of dust. He remembers doing that. Don’t push Him away, like He’s the problem or the enemy. Believe Him that He loves you and is patient with you. He can heal you from there. He can and does provide for you in miraculous ways. Recognize His power, and thank Him for all the weird meat rain.