Lots of different thoughts…

Today has been 6 months already, since my knee replacement surgery.  That just doesn’t seem possible. It’s still making improvements, although I still have a long way to go.


I was thinking Monday afternoon. Oh, don’t look so surprised!  Read this all the way to the end, before you make a judgement.

The Jews spoken of in the Bible, sure did lots of dumb things. Yes…they did. God would work a miracle, and bless them mightily, and they would promptly forget it, and start complaining again.

When the Israelites left Egypt, God went with them out in the desert as a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire in the night. Imagine that…a cloud to provide them some shade from the intense heat of the desert sun, and fire to give them light during the night. How could they miss God in that? How could they not see the miracle?

Start reading in Exodus 13.

But when they saw the Egyptians coming after them, they complained to Moses that he had brought them out to the desert to die. God parted the sea, allowing the Israelites to walk across on dry ground; then He let the waters cover the Egyptians who were chasing them, drowning all of them. Not one pursuing Egyptian survived.

And what happened when they got on the other side of the Red Sea? They couldn’t find water for 3 days, and they started that whining again. They didn’t think God could or would take care of them, even after all He had done for them to this point. We didn’t even touch on the miracles God did just to get them out captivity in Egypt.

I wonder what might have happened if they had just started praying, asking God to provide for them, and show them the way, without complaining and rebeling against God?

God would perform miracle after miracle, and they would be thankful for about 30 minutes (my paraphrase  ). Then they’d start complaining and whining about how God wasn’t treating them right. They complained about God’s leaders.

And when they were whining and complaining, they were not obeying God. Not obeying God was what got them into some of the fixes they found themselves in to begin with.

Later on in Exodus 32, while Moses was up on the mountain with God, what did the Israelites do at the bottom of the mountain? They partied and made golden idols to worship. Once again, disobeying God.

Ex 32:7-9…..7 Then the LORD told Moses, “Quick! Go down the mountain! The people you brought from Egypt have defiled themselves.

8 They have already turned from the way I commanded them to live. They have made an idol shaped like a calf, and they have worshiped and sacrificed to it. They are saying, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of Egypt.’ ” 

9 Then the LORD said, “I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are. NLT

But don’t feel too smug while thinking those Israelites were idiots. We are those people. The pictures God paints of His chosen people, the Jews, are pictures of His children, the Christians. Our lives mirror their lives.

We complain, we rebel, and we disobey. And God has to allow hardships in our lives to teach us to be thankful for another 30 minutes or so.

God allowed the Jewish nation to be captured by their enemies. He allowed their nation to be destroyed and scattered. It was punishment and a lesson all rolled into one. And the more rebellious and disobedient His people were, the more hardships they had to endure.

Have the Christians in America been captured by the enemy? Look at those who are in charge of our government now. Look who our decision makers are now. Look how fast things are moving in the direction opposite of God, just since January. Yes, they were moving away before, but it’s speeding up now.

Has God allowed those who hate us to take us over, in order to teach us a few lessons? How will we respond? Will we work to obey God, or will we just whine and complain a little more?

Just a few things to think about.

NoWhining

John 14:15…..”If you love me , you will obey what I command. NIV

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13 thoughts on “Lots of different thoughts…

  1. Have you gone farther in the story? It only gets worse!!! You should read about Joshua after taking the Hebrew children over the Jordan. God is so much more merciful than I am. In fact at one point (I forget which book it’s recorded in) God lists all the times he helped the Hebrew children…over and over- and once He even rained brimstone from the sky to help them fight off their enemys!!! And they turn and forget him…and whine in self-pity. Amazing. Great post….and I hope your knee continues to heal!!

  2. Good stuff.  Thank you for sharing this.  Our country is a bunch of “whiners”, with the mentality that it’s “all about me..me, me, me”.  We are selfish, self absorbed people.  WE want what WE want and we want it now and when we don’t get that instant gratification, we whine some more.  What a sad state of affairs.  We are no different that the Israelites..actually, we’re worse in this country.  We don’t appreciate anything we have and all we do is blame it on the goverment, etc.  It’s everyone elses fault that we choose to live an immoral life.  It all starts with the home, with the parents who are the ones raising the children.  I love how parents blame the schools, goverment, etc for their children’s morals.  Thanks for letting me vent. Anyway, have a great day. 

  3. It’s really a good thing that we serve a God of Grace and Mercy especially when we need such a spanking sometimes!!!  We are a country that is never satisfied; has never enough; and always striving for MORE.  When all we really need is MORE of HIM!!!  🙂

  4. @SpazzyMommy – 
    Have you gone farther in the story? It only gets worse!!!
    Oh, yes…all the way through! I just figured for this post, it was a pretty good stopping place. If I included everything I wanted to include, I’d still be typing! :ROTFL:

  5. This is a great anology.  Indeed, for any person to even begin to think that some of the irrational/sinful behavior is isolated in the OT…you certainly have made it very clear that history repeats itself.  The world is bigger and it’s apparent that the world is being absorbed by the World and but for the few….no one seems to protest.   You are absolutely correct and I want to personally thank you for that “boost” in my arm.  I needed that.
    In regard to those people in your Church who were less than nice to you….I’ve had my share too…as we all probably have.  They are “more” obvious because we do expect more in Christian behavior and too often we are disappointed.  So, we pray for them because by doing so, we are praying for ourselves. 
    I think you have a very spiritual site.  God bless you in your efforts to bring more people to God.  We need more like you.

  6. Yep, the Lord will give little reminders. ; )  “And I (usually) say (If I’m listening to that Still Small Voice), “Yes Father I do remember that lesson, thank you for the gentle reminder. ; )  and I promise I won’t bother you with that any more!”  😆
    So true, so true, we’ve all done seen that movie before in some shape or form!  :love:   Have a great day, thanks for the reminder, it is so hard to just hush and trust sometimes isn’t it?  *sigh*  I get mad at myself sometimes.     ~Amelia

  7. :hmmmmm: WHINING SEEMS TO BE THE WAY OF THE WORLD.  “IF WE CAN’T GET OUR OWN WAY LALALALA   AND SO ON!”   IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THEY ARE WHINING ABOUT, THE EYES SEEM TO BE ON SELFISH THINGS AND NOT ON THE BLESSINGS AND COMMANDS OF GOD.

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