The rabble among them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost- also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
~ Numbers 11:4-6
We’ve talked about the importance of remembering the things God does at the very beginning of our journey through the chronological Bible. It may seem redundant to discuss remembering again But it comes up again in these passages. However, these passages have a slightly different take on it, that I think will just deepen our discussion before. So let’s just jump right in.
Point 1: When we look back, we don’t remember the full picture. The Israelites are remembering the food from Egypt and how wonderful it was. They ate meat, and they had many options to choose from. And so they’re remembering one very specific part of their time there, and compared to the manna they’re living off of now- they lament that they want to go back to where they were before….. Egypt. Slavery? Really? But don’t we do the same thing? We get out of one hard situation or season and then are into a better one. But the new situation comes with new challenges. And all of a sudden we are looking back at the old situation comparing the one area that is hard in the new one and decide we had it better before. The Enemy is good at helping us find the things in the past we are now “missing out” on because he wants to make us discontent and ineffective in the present. If we focus on those things we start complaining and focusing on what God isn’t giving us instead of being thankfuland focusing on what He is giving us. We also become ineffective in our current situation not only because complaining ruins our witness, but also because we don’t notice what God is doing in order to participate. We’re stuck thinking that He’s screwing us over somehow.
Point 2: Even the miraculous can become routine. The Israelites complain that al, they get to eat is manna. Which I get it, would be difficult after awhile. But remember that the manna is falling from the sky every night for the next morning. The manna is a daily miracle. But over time, the miracle has become routine. It isn’t specially anymore, but now it also isn’t good enough. Our sinful nature will take things for granted over time if we don’t actively work to stop the process. Which is why I think earlier in Exodus it mentioned the importance of remembering what God had done, and teaching it to your children. Once we stop recognizing what God is currently doing, we start looking for the better options in the past. Even though they weren’t necessarily better.
I’ve been a believer for a long time. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a strong Christian family. But there are things that as I have ‘matured’ in my walk that no longer have the impact on me they once did. And I don’t think that’s how God wants it to be. Jesus even instructed us in the New Testament to be like children. I think this is part of that idea. Children are in awe all the time.
Do you remember the awe of what God saved your from? Do you remember the awe of God being in, and changing your every day? Let’s not mature out of being in awe at what God has done for us.
Tomorrows Reading: Numbers 14, 15