What I Read Today;

Ephesians 6; Luke 13; Isaiah 24; Psalm 57; Numbers 11-12

Moses has had a rough week.  Leadership comes with critics.  It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you lead, you will get criticized.  I have to say, though, that it really hurts when the criticism comes from those you love.

The Israelites have been traveling along.  The entire time they’ve been going, God has provided their every need.  Manna has fallen each day so that they have food to eat.  Water has been delivered even when it came from a rock.  Yet that wasn’t enough to satisfy the people.  They wanted more.  In this case, they wanted meat.

Even though God was taking care of each of them, they grumbled.  It wasn’t good enough.  The people wanted more.  That’s how human beings are, isn’t it?  We’re never satisfied.  If we have $1000 in the bank, we want $10000.  If we have a $15000 car that works fine, we want a $25000 car.  We are never satisfied with what we have.

The Apostle Paul talks about this in Philippians 4:11-13 when he says, “Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”  NRSV

We have to learn what contentment really is, don’t we?  You think we’d get better with age, but that doesn’t happen.  As we get older, we want even more stuff.

Within the church, we do the same thing.  We want this type of worship, we want the Bible read in this translation, the pastor needs to wear robes, the pastor shouldn’t wear robes or my favorite, why is the service so long?

We can drive God crazy.

Thankfully, God is patient with us.  However, we need to think about how truly blessed we are.  I had an opportunity to travel to Peru for business some years ago. The conditions some of these people live in are heartbreaking.  If we truly understood how blessed we are, we would come to realize that God is an incredible God.  Unfortunately, our lusts and desire get in the way of reality.

The next time you are tempted to complain, think about how bad it really could be.  Imagine living in a box on the side of a mountain.  Think about the person living on the streets.  Then bow your head and thank God for all the incredible blessings he has left you with.

 

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