Every parent knows the sound of whining. That sound of complaining that grates on your nerves. But you know, the real irritation is the underlying cause – disobedience and discontentment. In today’s reading, (Numbers 1& 2), we find the Isrealites moving from Mt Sinai towards Canaan. They are grumbling and complaining at every turn. Because of this, they are about to add 40 years to their journey.
God is loving, but also just and fair. You think the people would have figured this out by now, don’t you? (Don’t we?) And therein lies the truth about us. By now, God has proven Himself trustworthy and true. Why don’t we listen and obey? Why do we continue to add “years” to our wilderness wandering? Just like the Isrealites before us, we too have moments and seasons of being discontent complainers.
Numbers begins with preparation. The Isrealites are numbered and ordered. God is a God of order and precision. Their greatest test will be to cross that river and possess the beautiful land God had promised to them. The lesson is clear; to trust Him we must move ahead by FAITH if we are to claim His promised land. Faith and obedience without the complaining. Trust and peacefulness without the discontent. To acheive these we must abide in Him. We must remain so close to Him that nothing can come between us. We need to focus our eyes on our Savior and not on ourselves.
The trials and temptations the Isrealites faced are the same ones we face today. Are we willing to trust an all-knowing, all perfect God; or are we going to trust in ourselves? I personally am tired of the wandering; of circling the mountain too many times to count. It’s time to allow God to lead me and quit getting out ahead of Him, and it’s time to stop my whining!
Thursday challenge: When I catch a complaint coming out of my mouth; stop, confess and try again.