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