In the first reading, the people experience their first spiritual battle when their faith is tested. They are liberated from slavery in Egypt, and yet, instead of putting their trust in the Lord, they are torn between being oppressed and dying in the desert.
When we are made to choose between two situations that are equally unpleasant, many times we would rather remain in our current circumstances than take a leap of faith. Having already been set free from sin by our Lord, we still choose to be pulled into it by its pleasures and attractive sights. Our temptations often get the better of us and we give in to our earthly desires. Let us remember that these are just challenges that test our faith. We have to be constant in prayer and strong in resisting temptation by keeping our focus on the Lord.