Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Never forgetting to Murmur

The major problem with ancient Israel was of forgetfulness. They FORGOT their bitter service in Egypt. They FORGOT the goodness and power of God displayed in their behalf in their deliverance from bondage. They FORGOT how their children had been spared when the destroying angel slew all the first-born of Egypt. They FORGOT the grand exhibition of divine power at the Red Sea. They FORGOT that while they had crossed safely in the path that had been opened for them, the armies of their enemies, attempting to follow them, had been overwhelmed by the waters of the sea.

However, they were quick to remember their present inconveniences and trials - does this sound familiar? Instead of saying "God has done great things for us; whereas we were slaves, He is making of us a great nation," they talked of the hardness of the way, and wondered when their weary pilgrimage would end - don't we do this all the time?

Many look back to the Israelites, and marvel at their unbelief and murmuring, feeling that they themselves would not have been so ungrateful; but when our faith is tested, even by little trials, we manifest no more faith or patience than did ancient Israel. When brought into strait places, we murmur at the process by which God has chosen to purify us. Though our present needs are supplied, we are unwilling to trust God for the future, and we are in constant anxiety lest poverty shall come upon us. We ignore the verse that says, "take no thought for your life.." (Matthew 6:25).

Some are always anticipating evil or magnifying the difficulties that already exist, so that their eyes are blinded to the many blessings which demand their gratitude. The obstacles that we face, instead of leading us to seek help from God, the only source of strength, separate us from Him, because they awaken unrest and repining.

Moral of the story: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ {1 Thessalonians 5:18}.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I needed to hear this! Indeed we should never ever forget what God has brought us through and what He can do :)
    Whatever challenge, trail or tribulation, He is with us and He is able!