Have you ever read a verse and thought Wow, that’s exactly how I’ve been acting? That was that case for me when I read the following:
“But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes (Numbers 11:6 KJV).”
For those that need a little refresher course, it was during this time in Biblical history that the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. It was hot. People were hungry, and if their kids were anything like ours, the children were probably asking Are we there yet? for the umpteenth time. If I had to guess, I’d say one person probably complained and it spread like wildfire across people who were stressed out and got up on the wrong side of the bed. Regardless, the Israelites wanted something to eat “beside this manna.”
If you study your Bible, you’ll see that “this manna” was a miracle. It was a blessing from God. No one to my knowledge ever had manna before the Israelites. No one to my knowledge has ever had manna since the Israelites. Still, the Israelites were thinking of how good the food was in Egypt. The crazy thing about that is the Israelites were in bondage when they were in Egypt. Here they were free men and women with food and water being supplied to them and they still found something to complain about on their journey to the Promised Land.
Is there a blessing in your life that you have been ignoring? Is there something that you have not thanked God for in quite some time? Is there something that you say thank you for, but it’s mainly just lip service? You can solve that today.
Believe me when I say that I need this as much as you, if not more than you. For a few years now, I’ve really, Really, REALLY wanted to move closer to where I work and worship. Still, it is in the best financial interest of my family for us to stay where we currently live, and where I currently live is a blessing.
When I took this job, my wife and I packed up our home in the Birmingham, Alabama area and moved in with my in-laws. We resided there for over a year. Some people may view living with their in-laws as a nightmare. For me, it was not that bad, and praise God my mother-in-law has never once held it over my head. Moreover, she never asked me for money, and she never asked us to pitch-in when she purchased a used trailer, moved it to our current location, and redid everything on the inside so my growing family could have a place to live. Even so, I’ve allowed myself at times to grumble and gripe about not having a place nearby. Because of this, I’ve started and or ended my day with a bad attitude. It’s been so bad at times that I fear I’ve been difficult to work with, and my six-year-old recently asked me after work one day why I was grumpy. I felt horrible. I should be upbeat before, during, and after work. I have a job. I have a family. We have a home. There’s food in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.
What about you? Have you been acting as though you were baptized in pickle juice? Put a stop to that situation. Today. And sincerely thank God for what you have.