Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Numbers 11:4 “The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, ‘If only we had meat to eat!’”

The stories of the Israelites and their relationship with God are a mirror for own relationships with God.  From the beginning God sought to love and be loved by his chosen people.  He blessed them and he cursed them.  He did everything to  get their attention and devotion.  He rescued them from slavery and bondage.  Then during the journey to freedom, the Israelites become ungrateful again.  God was providing manna; giving them daily rations of food to maintain their health.  He gave them water to satisfy their thirst but these things were not enough.  They wanted more.  God guided them by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night.  The Israelites wanted more.  How often do we close our eyes to the many blessings we have been given by God only to come to Him asking for even more?  We live in a country where abundance is the norm and instant gratification is expected.  It would be good for us to remember that God has chosen us.  He rescued each of us and during our journey to the Promised Land He provides for our every need.  Take time this morning to simply say thank you to God.

Forgive my ungrateful heart.  Open my eyes to see the blessings you give so freely to me and open my hands to share those blessings with others.  Thank you Lord.  Amen.