The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16:1–3, NIV 1984).
During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. (Exodus 2:23–24, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Funny how people tend to remember the past in the context of what they are experiencing in the present, often making the past seem better than it was. After all, sitting around pots of meat eating all the food they wanted, doesn’t quite seem to coincide with groaning in their slavery. Image what it would have been like if they had social media. But before we’re too hard on the Israelites, I’m sure each of us has done something similar, albeit perhaps not so egregious.
As we grow in our relationship with Christ, we should be learning, like Paul, “the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12, NIV 1984). For like Paul, their will be times when we experience “what it is to be in need,” and “what it is to have plenty.” (Philippians 4:12, NIV 1984). What we will learn to keep in mind that wherever we are, or whatever we are going through, the Holy Spirit still resides with in us. He hears all of our groans and relates them to the Father. When we experience the good times. He needs to hear our praise as well.
My Advice – Always remember that God is Sovereign. While not everything we encounter in life will be good, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV 1984). Do you love Him? Have you answered His call?
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Today’s musing was inspired by Teaching Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon on March 8, 2020. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.