Daily Devotions based the Sermon on Numbers 21:4-9 from March 14, 2021
THIS WEEK: Lead Me to the Cross…Find the Snake…Find the Cross!
We’re having that again? We just had that yesterday!
That’s just after two days. How would you feel after eating the same thing for nearly 40 years???
There’s only so many ways you can make manna and cook quail. Finally the people of Israel had it.
They were fed up…and let God know about it.
4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
This wasn’t just “the Israelites were having a bad day” situation. This was a deep rooted disgust, frustration, and complaint against God. Every morning when they picked up the manna God provided, they had a strong negative reaction.
They were fed up…and wished God would do something about it.
Can you relate?
It may not be eating the same food year after year, but it may be a relationship challenge that is not resolving and you’re fed up. It may be a situation with your work or career that makes work miserable and you’re fed up. It may be a classmate that has an annoying habit that bugs you endlessly every day and your fed up.
What do you do when you are fed up?
Our natural reaction is to become impatient, to blame and complain.
Does this solve the problem?
No, but it’s our default reaction and maybe vents a little steam. However, it often makes the situation worse, especially when we blame God for the situation in which we find ourselves. Here’s three reasons why.
- When I grow impatient, my trust is diminished. I start to believe that God can’t be trusted. I believe he is part of the problem, why would I trust him.
- When I grow impatient, my belief is limited. I become cynical and skeptical that God will be faithful to his promises. Doubt begins to overshadow belief.
- And, when I grow impatient, my perspective is narrowed. I find myself focused on what is going wrong, and the horrible situation in which I find myself.
Ultimately when we are fed up with life or a situation in life, we are tempted to give up. That’s not the place God wants our hearts to go. We’ll see in the next days where God takes Israel, but let me give you this Word of God for your day…especially if it’s a day you find yourself fed up.
Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Life can be challenging and disappointing, but here’s the truth. God still loves you. God has given his Spirit of power to you. And God can and does work what you are going through into an opportunity to grow you.
Apply: If you have gone through an “I’m fed up…” season of life, as you look back what did God teach you? If you are in one of those situations today, what might God be teaching you?
PRAYER: Lord, I know I can become impatient and fed up with you and life. Forgive me for Jesus sake and remind me that you can use these challenging moments to develop me as your child. AMEN.