“Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The LORD heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the LORD, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”Numbers 11:18-20 NIV
You want meat. I’ll give you meat.
Ever wanted something so bad and then after getting it wish you had never had it.
God has grown tired of the complaining coming from the people.
We read the story and think of the Israelites as a bunch of ungrateful brats.
Considering all that God has done for them, what right do they have to complain?
But wait, WE are the Israelites in the story – Not then, but now.
Consider the complaints that we have and then consider all that we have.
We must sound ridiculous to God on most days.
What might happen if we really got all that we asked for . . .
Day 60 reading – Numbers Chapters 14-15 and Psalm 90
Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. Numbers 9:17-18 NIV
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, once said,
“God generally guides me by presenting reasons to my mind for acting in a certain way.”
The Israelites began their relationship with God with specific directions.
God guided them with a pillar of cloud and fire.
God also gave them specific instructions to follow during their journey.
So often we look for God for direction, but then fail to follow the signs that God provides.