Respecting What the LORD Provides

Familiarity breeds contempt

Daily Spirit & Word: 606:

Respecting What The LORD Provides.

Learning to call for the LORD’s Help when we feel we can’t cope.

Numbers 11:4-14 The People Crave Meat.
4 The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat!
5  We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
6  But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
7  The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin.
8  The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a hand mill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes. And it tasted like something made with olive oil.
9  When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.
10  Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.
11  He asked the LORD, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?
12  Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their forefathers?
13  Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’
14  I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.

It’s a common problem: Instead of offering thanks for what the Lord chooses to provide for us, we crave other things.

Ingratitude and Disrespecting God:

It led to the Lord being aroused to Holy ANGER.

I don’t know if you’ve ever done something wonderful for someone only to have it thrown back in your face? Have you ever spent time carefully making something and the person you are making it for makes a face as if they are eating horse dung?

We’d just been married a few weeks when my young and beautiful wife made me a stew: It was one of our first meals together in our new home. The table had been set and she called me, then served me a steaming hot plate of stew. It tasted great, but the meat was like leather. Instead of gratefully just chewing and enjoying it, I declared, “It’s horrible, I can’t eat that, it’s too tough”… I can’t tell you how bad it make me feel when I think back at just how insensitive I was back then. How dreadful I was to my wife. Imagine, she’d taken time to make me a lovely meal and I’d shoved it back in disgust. Even now I can see the hurt expression upon my young brides face.

Thankfully, we’ve been married for 36 years now, we can look back and laugh at how stupid and ignorant I was. I’ve learned to be more appreciative of all that she does for me, taking into account the preparation time and effort. No matter what she serves me now, I always say thank you darling. Most of the time her food tastes fantastic, but no matter I’ve learned to show appreciation: It’s called RESPECT.

God tells us: “Husbands respect, honour your wives”

Now, here in Numbers, the Lord has set the people free from captivity in Egypt and He’s providing miracle food from Heaven every day, it’s called Manna and the Israelites, instead of appreciating and respecting what He’s providing, begin to grumble and complain and wish they were slaves in Egypt again. How UNGRATEFUL: How DISRESPECTFUL they’d become. But not towards a human being only, but to their Creator God. Instead of thanking Him every day; they throw it back in His Holy face and declare “We want MEAT”… “We don’t like this Manna, we want MEAT”…

It’s an amazing account and well worth taking time to sit down and read the whole story in Numbers 11. However, Moses also begins to complain to the Lord about the Israelites and their constant grumbling. He can’t cope with it, he needs help and cries to the Lord “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me”. Of course Moses was right, there was no way he could manage over half-a-million souls on his own, he did need help, but the Lord was just testing him, waiting for the moment that Moses would cry out and ask. For the Lord gave 70 Elders the same Holy Spirit that was upon Moses and equipped them to Prophesy and Lead the People with Him.

Many times, we’ll be going through stuff, we’ll struggle and try out best, we’ll tire ourselves out and feel that the burden is just too heavy for us to bear. However, just like He was with Moses, the LORD is waiting for the moment that you conclude, “I can’t cope alone”… “I can’t carry this heavy burden by myself”  When you get to that point, or even before it, do what Moses did, cry out to the LORD. He did the right thing, Moses didn’t just grumble to other people, He took his problem to the Lord, the only one who could solve his problem.

So often I’ve observed: People struggle, strive and labour, but they don’t ASK the LORD for His holy help. They complain and get bitter. My friends, don’t wait until you reach that point of not being able to cope; instead take all your problems, you struggles and your predicaments to the LORD. Talk to Him about it and ask Him to give you assistance. He’s waiting.

In contrast to Moses, the people of Israel just grumbled, they complained to each other, the got bitter against the Lord and Moses His servant. Instead of giving thanks and praising the Lord for His awesome miracle provision, they grumbled about it and complained and showed total disrespect. No wonder the ANGER of the LORD was aroused.

FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT:

At first the Israelites were so thankful for the Lord’s miraculous provision of miracle Manna from Heaven: How quickly they’d become so used to it that they began to grumble and crave earthly food. Familiarity really does breed contempt. They’d gotten to the point of disrespecting the miraculous. WOWzer! Warning, Warning, Warning…. (Remember the Robot in Lost in Space?)

So the LORD gave in and provided what they were craving: MEAT.

However, the LORD went OTT (Over the top)… He gave them way too much meat. Eventually they realised their error, but they learned the HARD way to be appreciative.

How’s your RESPECT for what the Lord has provided for your life?

Are you really full of THANKSGIVING?

It’s harvest thanksgiving time: So let’s all try and be genuinely thankful to the LORD for all He’s provided for our life on this awesome earth.

Of course we have the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and He reveals that He is the TRUE MANNA (bread) from Heaven. He wants us to rely upon Him, when life gets too much for you to cope with: Cry out to Jesus. He really is the BREAD of Heaven and will supply ALL that you need in life. Turn to Him today. (John 6:25-59. Jesus the True Bread From Heaven)

Don.