Don’t Let Your Life Rot

And they did not listen to Moses. And some left from it until morning; and it became rotten with maggots, and stunk. And Moses was angry against them. 

Exodus 16:20 (HRB)

In this and all Food for Thoughts I recommend you read the Scripture(s) provided and the entire chapter they are from to obtain more insight.

Disobedience Equates to Adverse Consequences

Exodus 16:20 serves as a powerful reminder of what can unfold in our lives when we fail the tests and trials YAHWEH sets before us, by blatantly disobeying. It is our nature to do what feels or gives us the most pleasure(s). The Bible reminds us that we are carnal-minded (Romans 7:14) and want to satisfy our fleshly desires instead of YAHWEH’s Torah. But, Exodus 16:20 reminds us that when we disobey YAHWEH’s voice, commands, principles, and statutes, there are consequences to our actions. Especially when we consciously and deliberately choose to persist in sinful behavior(s) without having a genuine desire to change our ways and seek forgiveness, essentially rejecting the opportunity for redemption and reconciliation.

Our sin(s) is loud, noisy, smelly, stinky, and deadly (Romans 8:6Ezekiel 18:4). Yes, that accurately describes sin. In Exodus 16:20Yahshar’el was given specific instructions from Moses (Moses received these instructions from YAH) to go out daily and pick up sufficient manna and quail for their households and to consume it in one day and not to leave any leftovers for tomorrow, unless it was the day before the Sabbath. Yahshar’el was disobedient to Moses, which means they disobeyed YAHWEH‘s command. I must add that this was a test (see Exodus 16:4Psalm 66:10) that Yahshar’el failed miserably. YAHWEH wanted to see if His chosen people would walk into His Torah or not.

Examine Yourself

How many tests have you successfully passed? Give yourself a pat on the back if you are walking in YAHWEH‘s Torah and have passed many tests. Now, examine yourself, and be honest (Lamentations 3:40). How many tests have you failed? Why? What could you have done differently? What did you learn from your error(s)? If YAHWEH gives you a retest on that situation(s), will you pass it the second, third, or fourth time around?

And YAHWEH said to Moses, Behold, I AM will rain bread from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather the matter of a day in its day, so that I may test them, whether they will walk in My Torah or not.

Exodus 16:4 (HRB)

In this and all Food for Thoughts I recommend you read the Scripture(s) provided and the entire chapter they are from to obtain more insight.

Asks Yourself

We need to ask these questions ourselves so we don’t repeat our disobedience to YAHWEH. And most importantly, we need to repent and make a 180-degree turn from our sin(s). It can be challenging for some to do the right thing and please YAHWEH instead of our flesh. The solution is straightforward. Read your Bible daily to renew your mind and to build up your faith and fear of YAHWEH. This is the first micro-step you can take to prepare yourself to pass any test(s) or trial that YAHWEH puts before you.

Present Yourself

The Scripture said: “study to present yourself approved to Elohim, a workman unashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Let focus on the first part of that verse, to “present yourself approved to Elohim.” It is imperative that we pass all test(s) that YAHWEH allows us to encounter because we must prove to YAHWEH that our hearts and minds are focused on pleasing Him only! That we are grounded in His words, that His words ordered our steps, and lead and control our hearts! Glory! YAHWEH wants to see in action(s) that our characteristics are identical to the Fruit of the Spirit and the Torah. When we can prove this to YAHWEH repeatedly, He then knows He can trust us to carry out bigger and better plans successfully that He has already prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Can I get an Amen? Glory, HalleluYAH!

Prepare Yourself

The prophet said, send me, and I will go (Isaiah 6:8). How can YAHWEH send us on a mission when we are all caught up in pleasing our fleshly desires and not His? How can YAHWEH expect us to carry out His plans accordingly when we can’t even listen and obey His Torah? The truth is that He can’t trust us and that we are unreliable and unstable in our hearts and minds. Therefore, YAHWEH can’t use us as the vessels as He preordained because we are straddling the fence. We are unsure if we want to serve YAHWEH, the Devil, or ourselves (1 Corinthians 10:21).

Today is a great day to repent and ask YAHWEH forgiveness for failing tests and trials.


Today is the time to choose that you and your household will serve and obey YAH. Or maybe you are saying, I didn’t fail any test(s), and that you are living a holy life, and YAHWEH is pleased with you. If this is the case for you, pray and ask YAHWEH to continue giving you the mental and spiritual strength to live by His Torah. The bottom line is that we all need to live a blameless life and strive daily to please YAHWEH and excel in every test or trial that He allows us to experience. Choose YAHWEH’s ways today and every day! Amen.

And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid, for Elohim has come in order to test you, and so that His fear may be on your faces, that you may not sin.

Exodus 20:20 (HRB)

In this and all Food for Thoughts I recommend you read the Scripture(s) provided and the entire chapter they are from to obtain more insight.

Other Scripture to meditate on: Psalm 139:23-24Romans 12:21 Peter 1:7

By: David and Dana Edwards 


  1. on December 20, 2023 at 11:59 am

    I agree, very useful information

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