How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the desert!
There are a lot of themes you could get from today’s scriptures, but clearly among them is, “Don’t complain to God too much about your circumstances.” Isn’t it amazing that the children of Israel couldn’t remember how bad they had it in Israel? All they could remember was their stomachs. They fantasized about fresh fruits and vegetables and glossed over the slavery and brutality handed to them by their Egyptian masters. Meanwhile, they also quickly forgot how well God had provided for them once they escaped their bondage.
Gone were the memories of the plagues that drove the Pharaoh to release them from their slavery. Gone were the memories of the Red Sea parting to allow them safe passage, and the same sea crashing down on their pursuers who would have killed them or returned them in bonds to Egypt. Now, they instead grumbled about the food that God provided that sustained them every day. Is it any wonder that God was angry with them and wanted to punish them?
Think about your own parents. Have they ever done something special for you, only to have you (or maybe, more likely, one of your brothers or sisters) say that you really wanted something different? Do you think that made them want to bless you with something even more special? Maybe they were hurt or angry that their gift wasn’t more appreciated?
Compare the gifts our earthly parents give us with what God provides. It really isn’t a fair comparison, because God provides us even with the air we breathe and the ability to breathe it. But if we should be grateful for what our parents give us, how much more grateful should we be to God, who gives so much more?
Today, think about the things you have been given, both by your parents and by your heavenly Father. It’s not enough to simply not complain about what you have. Find some ways to show all of them love and gratitude in response to what they have done.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.