Most of us know the story of the people of Israel; their sojourn in Egypt, the wilderness and their almost entry into their promised land. But can we remember their continuous complaint to God? Hmmmm….let’s read few verses to jog our memories.
Verse 2 “…If only we had died in Egypt or even in the wilderness!…”
Verse 3 “…why is the lord taking us to this country only to have us die…wouldn’t it be better to return to Egypt?”
Translate these complaints to your present situation and you may hear yourself say to God ‘…why Lord? Why can’t you meet my needs? Why have you brought me here to die? Why is my career on hold? Why isn’t there a breakthrough? What have I done wrong? (more like, what aren’t you doing right lord?).
Hear God’s response in verse 11 “And the lord said to Moses, how long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them?”
God wasn’t angry at their unbelief or rage. He was hurt. There’s a huge difference between Anger and Pain. He felt pain “…after all the miraculous sings: manna straight from heaven, water from the rock, his presence as a pillar of cloud hovering over them as protection, his presence as pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, and of course, parting the red sea for them to walk on dry land and drowning their enemies behind them”. After all these, they still treated God with contempt. I read that verse and I remember times when I doubted in fear and he said to me ‘Bel, haven’t I always been there for you? Why don’t you trust me?’
Psalms 27:10 “Even if my father and mother forsake me, then will the lord take care of me”. That was David speaking. But he spoke on my behalf. Even when my parents forsook me (in death) God fed me, clothed me, saw me through to the end of my studies, gave me a place to stay without paying a dime, gave me an awesome job, brought me to the UK where I knew no one, took care of my visa and tuition fee, saw me through my Master degree, gave me a Distinction in my Thesis and an overall Merit, brought me to Hillsong Church , brought me to Connect Group and blessed me with his son. Yet I treat God with contempt. After all he’s done for me.
How have you treated God after all he’s done for you?
It’s so easy to forget how far he’s brought us when we are faced with a seemingly difficult situation in our season of wilderness, which is only for a short while.
Just like these Israelites, we know there’s a promised land filled with abundant milk and honey. But for fear and lack of trust in God, they compared themselves to grasshoppers who could not possess the land.
Verse 9 “…they are only helpless prey to us. They have no protection, but the lord is with us…”
Even with Joshua and Caleb’s encouragement, they still complained and threatened to stone them. How silly and ungrateful they sounded right? But check the times you complained to God. You might have sounded just the way they did.
If only they remembered how he delivered them from the Egyptians. If he could do that, surely he will bring them into Canaan. If only we can look back to the times God had our back. If only!!
The job situation, the career stall, accommodation issues, the health issues, family troubles and the rest are helpless prey to us because God is with us and he is able to bring us to our promised land. Hebrews 10:23 “…he who promised is able”.
There’s no mountain too high for God. There’s no drowning situation he can’t bring you out from. Look back and say, if he could do that for me surely he will do this.