Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Numbers: Chapter 11

Learning is so much easier than living, isn't it?  The instruction period was over and the march through the wilderness underway--and the complaining began.  Finding fault with circumstances (and people) is a habit so easy to fall into when we allow our eyes to stray from the goal.  It seems that is what happened to the Israelites.  They began to look back and mourn the good old days--forgetting all that was not good.  We all have that tendency and the consequence should pull us up short. 

Our complaints bring a burden to others.  In this case, the weight upon Moses increased.  His humble nature is a delight to contemplate; Moses was not prideful or selfish in his relationship with God.  Beyond the burden of negativity, the anger of the Lord was aroused and the complaints (borne of lust) did indeed give birth to death. 

Be careful what you wish for because you might get it is an excellent adage.  Even Moses couldn't imagine how God would provide the vast quantity of meat that He had said He would!  Yet God has ways we can not imagine.  The camp actually became known as the 'Graves of Craving.'  If only we could remember this when our want list becomes a bit heavy.  Indeed, Godliness with contentment is great gain!

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