In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the Lord's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us into the desert to starve this entire assembly to death."- Exodus 16:2-3
It's so easy for me to read this and hypocritically judge them as being undeserving brats! They were continuously unsatisfied with the gifts God gave them. He rescued them from Egypt yet their concerns were for the foods that they lost when they left.
But the problem is, I'm the same way. Do I not hear of how Jesus bore my sins on Sunday and complain about how someone has sinned against me on Thursday? Do I not thank God for my job one day only to shake my fist at him when my car breaks down the next?
We are a people deeply rooted in a world where there's always more to be had. And in this "give me, give me, give me" world how easy it becomes to look at our neighbor and covet what they have. This is one of my biggest struggles; to know that God has the power to provide all that I want but would refuse me those things for my good and His glory.
I'm so grateful this chapter doesn't end what the complains of an ungrateful people.
The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much and some gathered little. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed. -Exodus 16:17, 18w
My heart is stilled by these verses.
God answers a complaining people with a beautiful gift. He gives each person what he needs, but not always what he wants. What the Israelites wanted was certainty and comfort. What they got was a promise from the God of the universe that He would always provide.
I have to admit that there are days when I'd rather just have the certainty; when I'd prefer to see the end of the road, not have the promise of a safe journey. But in desiring the destination, I miss out on the sweet fellowship of the walk with Christ. Choosing to be content isn't something you accomplish in one day, rather something you set your heart on daily. And my prayer is that, the more time I spend seeing God's promises fulfilled, the more I'll begin to see those promises as the greatest of gifts.
This month I'm linking-up with the members of the Peony Project as we all share our struggles with learning to be content. Click on the picture to read what some of the other ladies had to say on the topic.
What little steps are you making toward a life of contentment?
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