Numbers 10:1-11:35 / Mark 14:1-21 / Psalm 51:1-19 / Proverbs 10:31-32
“We remember the fish we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes.”
It’s so easy to look around at the things we don’t have and forget to remember the things we do have.
The Israelites were fondly remembering a menu that was theirs in a different season. Ironically, that season was also characterized by abuse, slavery and hard labor. Graciously, the Lord delivered them out of that old life and was in the process of bringing them into their “promised land” bit by bit. He was daily meeting their needs and taking care of them in this challenging transition time. Manna was God’s choice provision for them during that season.
It’s amazing to see that though the people were in a new and awkward state in the wilderness, they were so easily distracted by what they didn’t have as opposed to walking in unflinching faith because of the awesome things they had seen and witnessed first hand. I’d like to think that if I had seen the plagues, experienced the Passover, walked across the dry land of the Red Sea, looked up each day to see God’s cloud of leading and His fire by night, and rose each morning to find manna at my feet to sustain me, I wouldn’t doubt God’s mighty hand of providence. Though I haven’t seen those particular miracles first hand, I certainly have seen God’s power over and over in my life and have known His faithful, and many times, overabundant provision.
Despite His faithfulness over and over, we can still find ourselves slipping into “have not” thinking. Today’s reading is such a great example of why we need to read God’s Word on a daily basis. He uses it to show us areas in our lives that need conviction and change.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to begin with praise, thanksgiving, worship and acknowledgement of our Heavenly Father (“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name”). When we have hearts and minds that are first focused on the Lord, we can see more clearly what we “have” and what God has chosen to bless us with in this season rather that focusing on what we “have not” and letting that dictate our thinking and the way we feel.
Thank You Lord, You are so good!