Every time I re-read portions of the Old Testament, I’m astounded by the way the Israelites got caught in this loop:
- Cry out for help. (For example, “Let us out of Egypt!)
- Experience God’s miraculous provision. (Like parted seas.)
- Find a reason to complain. (“We’re thirsty!”)
- Cry out for help. (“Give us food!”)
- Experience God’s miraculous provision. (Like manna from heaven.)
- Find a reason to complain. (“We’re so sick of eating the same old thing!”)
But I have grumpy days, don’t you? I feel sorry for myself or evaluate my lot in life and decide it doesn’t measure up to someone else’s. I long for something I don’t have and forget for a while all God has done and all I’ve been given. I’ve seen miraculous provision in my own life, so how am I any different from those Israelites? I am ashamed to admit that I can get tired of manna too.
I was knocked upside the head by this quote not long ago: “If God never did one more thing for you, you ought to be the happiest person in the world.” (I heard it in a TV sermon, but don’t remember who was preaching.) Oh my, yes! When I step back from my doldrums and recount the miracles in my own life and in those of my loved ones, I realize any one of those gifts from God should be enough to keep me rejoicing until eternity. How quickly I can forget!
So, today, I want to leave you with this verse, Psalm 42:6, from The Message.
“When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you.”
Has God ever done anything for you? Then, next time you find yourself grumpy or dissatisfied, refresh your memory! I plan to do the same.
Photo: Nam Anh on Unsplash.com because “an elephant never forgets,” or so they say.