It is amazing how often times we hit what appears to us as a troubled spot in life. We may face little struggle, a bump in the road and we are instantly questioning ourselves and the Lord’s plan for us. Sometimes we may go as far as to look back and remember a time in our lives when we thought we “had it better”. We may even forget to look at the reality of that past situation to see how we have progressed to now and be thankful for the ways the Lord has cared for us and guided us.
I was reminded of this while reading Numbers 11 today. It is amazing how the people of Israel, after leaving Egypt, struggled with looking at what they had in the past and not being pleased with what the Lord had for them in the present. This chapter has a great example. The people were given manna as food to sustain them, but were not satisfied. They longed for the taste of meat and other savory foods. Their attitudes focused on their instant fleshly desires.
“While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very severe plague. So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy.” -Numbers 11:33-34
So lesson one, greediness is not something that the Lord is pleased about. In fact, He shows a clear displeasure for those who are greedy.
I also find it interesting that they longed for meat like they had back in Egypt. They so desired food from that time in their lives, that they completely looked past the fact that they were in slavery. Odd isn’t it, since they were now free after the Lord answered their cries to not be in slavery.
Sometimes I think we act the same way. We don’t like where we are now, so we compare it to where we were (of course, leaving out some key details) and wish we had that again. But, what we have neglected to acknowledge is that the Lord has brought us to where we are, we have grown and we are in a better place with Him than we were before. We lack trust in where the Lord has us. And we have forgotten His promise.
So my encouragement to you today is to remember your past, be thankful for the present and trust the Lord no matter how you think a situation looks. The Lord sees the full picture, the whole story, and knows what He has for you. But continue to spend time with Him, because the more you know Him, the more you are able to trust Him. 🙂
“For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.” -Psalm 33:21