If we should experience a desert or are disciplined as members of an obstinate nation, remember God's tribes in the wilderness of Sinai had all they needed: four gifts from God and all that they gave each other, too.
- Guidance, light in darkness
- Counsel, instruction
- Necessities— food, water, clothing
Even when they had made for themselves a molten calf and said, 'This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,' and had committed great blasphemies, thou in thy great mercies didst not forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of cloud which led them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night which lighted for them the way by which they should go. Thou gavest thy good Spirit to instruct them, and didst not withhold thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst. Forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell. Nehemiah 9:18-21 -RSV