Saturday, September 3
By Rebecca Dauksas
Ok, we know that things are not going to go well when we read, Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, …
Why would they do that? The Israelites grumbled, argued and complained, but this never works out for them. Honestly, if we look at our own lives, are we guilty of this too? Do we show God that we are thankful for our life and the provisions that He gives us? If I may quote Madame Blueberry: “A thankful heart is a happy heart.” But, the Israelites are not thankful, and they are not happy. In Numbers 11, they complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.
So, surely they adopted a new way of doing things, a new way to react to the situations that arose. Nope.
“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (verses 4-6)
Wow. Yep that slavery, that was the good life. Sure, they lived lives of servitude, but they had cucumbers.
Unfortunately, this complaining spread until Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The LORD became angry and Moses was troubled. This is where I think we can learn from the way Moses responds. He asked the LORD. He is troubled because he is in a situation that is impossible for him to handle alone. He just has an honest conversation with the LORD. We see him react in the same way that he did in chapter 9 when he is asked a question about the Passover feast. He told the people to wait until he found out what the LORD commanded concerning them. I think that is how all of us should handle hardships. We should talk with God about what ever is troubling us. If we are in a continual conversation with the LORD, we bring him our praises and requests continually too.
Moses told Him that he could not carry all those people by himself; the burden was too heavy. The LORD had a solution for him. The LORD would take some of the power of the Spirit that was on Moses and put it on seventy of Israel’s elders. They shared the burden of the people so Moses did not have to carry it alone. As far as the request for meat, the quail arrived when the LORD said it would. Even Moses did not know how God could do it, but again he talks with God about it. I wonder how things would have gone for the Israelites if they had humbly thanked God for their manna and asked for meat. The LORD could even have thrown in cucumbers if He wanted to. From today’s reading lets be encouraged to pray continually sharing our hardships and praises with God.