Posted by: peebles | November 13, 2013

Numbers 11:5 to 6 (NIV) ~ 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!

How quickly people forget what God has done for them, how quick they are to remember their old way of life, yet fail to remember what they have been saved from. Tyranny and oppression, hard task masters who marked their backs with beatings a brutal whip, the Israelites were slaves without any hope of freedom, without any future, until God came and delivered them.

But our text for today reminds us that even though they had been miraculously delivered by God, when things did not go their way, they quickly desired to turn back to the world and what they knew in Egypt. 

This, sadly, often applies to Christians of today, and when life gets tough, and trials and tribulations come they might reflect or even desire their old way of life saying such things as, “Remember the nights out we had? Remember how Saturdays and Sundays we partied all night and did our own thing? But now we have lost our appetite for the things of God.” Little knowing how perilous a position they will be in if they turn back, walking back into the chains of slavery to sin, walking back to Egypt.

The people of Israel saw God do miracle after miracle and signs and wonders. He, with an outstretched arm, delivered them from slavery to freedom. Then, they crossed the sea on dry land, and were given water from a rock and manna from heaven, yet they grumbled.

Can it be that you can become so familiar to the things of God that you inevitably treat them with contempt instead of being in awe of the Living God and His works of grace in your life?

May you never lose your spiritual appetite for the things of God, or ever lose your attitude of gratefulness to God for delivering you from your old way of life and for bringing you to where you are now.

My friend, everyday is a gift from God, every day we receive from God our manna, our daily bread. I, for one, have absolutely no desire to turn back to my “land of Egypt”, filled with slavery to sin. I am living in the promises of God. My Savior, with arms outstretched on the cross of Calvary, secured my deliverance and set me free. Time and time again, I have see God perform one miracle after another.

My spiritual appetite longs for more manna from heaven to feed my hunger for God. God did not bring you out to take you back again, but He brought you out to be free and to live life to the full with a great future in God, filled hope, love, grace, mercy, joy and power in the Holy Spirit.

God bless you my friend, Matthew. 

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