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Not Thankful

Posted: Wednesday, March 14

 Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Numbers 21:1-22:20
Luke 1:26-56
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 11:9-11

Verse of the day:

 “Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey, and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!” (Numbers 21:4-5)


Not thankful…That is how I would describe the hearts of the Israelite people at this moment. They are so focused on their current discomforts that they have forgotten all that they have to be grateful for. For example they now have their freedom.  This generation is the first generation of their people in hundreds of years to experience what freedom is. They no longer have to fear the whips of the Egyptians. They also should be thankful for God’s leading presence in their daily lives. God was very present along their journey leading them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He showed them through miraculous signs that He was with them. There should have been no doubting which way to go. He also was their ultimate provider. He sent food daily for them in the form of manna. They didn’t have to fear not having food God always provided.

 

Freedom, God’s presence, & Food. All major things that they should have been thankful for but they weren’t. They were so focused on what they didn’t have that they could no longer be thankful for what they did have. In their frustration they began to complain and speak against God and Moses.

 

No one likes when their child is being ungrateful but so often that’s how we act towards God. He has purchased our freedom, given us full access to Himself, and provides for our needs but so often we lose focus of what we have and long for what we don’t have and begin to complain.  When we do this we lose our joy. Some of the happiest people I know are those who are content and thankful for what they have. Practice thankfulness today. Spend some time today reflecting on all of the good things that God has done for you.