“But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this Manna.” Numbers 11:6 (NLT)
God gave the children of Israel manna from heaven. A supernatural supply of food,
yet they griped and complained.
“So the people went out and caught quail all the day and throughout the night and
all the next day, too. No one gathered less than fifty bushels! They spread the quail
to dry. But while they were gorging themselves on the meat – while it was still in
their mouths – the anger of the Lord blazed against the people...” Numbers 11:32-33
God was so upset with them that He was willing to wipe them out and start all over
again. From the time the children of Israel came out of the land of Egypt. They griped
about everything the Lord did for them. They certainly did not serve the Lord with
joyfulness and gladness of heart for the abundance of all things as they were commanded
in Deuteronomy 28:47.
We were created to be thankful in all things and in everything to give praise. To
be depressed, discouraged, unthankful and unholy is part of the corrupted nature.
In the last days perilous times shall come. Notice being unthankful is included in
a long list of the signs of the end times. 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Therefore, being thankful is not an option for the Christian who wants to be all
God wants them to be. Do we have a choice? Of course, but we will never fulfill God's
will in our lives the way we should if we gripe and complain along the way. That
isn't how God intended us to be or His plan for us. God miraculously delivered the
children of Israel and supernaturally provided for their every need. Yet, they murmured
all the more. It seemed as though every time they had a trial they were wishing they
were dead. So, God granted them their wish. The whole generation from twenty years
old and up died in the wilderness and never entered the Promise Land. Numbers 14:27-29.
We can either be someone who gives glory and credit to God, who is thankful and humble
and praises God or be a Nowhere Man living in a Nowhere Land, who falls apart in
the midst of trials and the world says, “Where's their God?” Believers, our testimony
is important, very important. God uses our lives to influence others.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to
him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 (NLT).
Michael W. Cochran