Perspective in the Wilderness

Note: My apologies for getting off our reading schedule! The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind with some extra needs for my daughter. The Lord has given such grace in caring for her, and I am grateful to say she is doing well! That said, I can only manage to post once a week for now. I’ll choose one devotional from the week to share. Sorry again for any inconvenience, and I hope you have been learning some great things in your Bible studies!

This Week’s Reading: Leviticus 23, 26, Numbers 11-14, 16-17

Numbers 11:5-6

_We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at._ Num.png

“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

Once again, the Israelites are getting restless in the wilderness. They remember how they ate better in Egypt, and they are sick and tired of eating manna. To me, I read this and thought how pathetic they sound; God rained food down from heaven and all they can do is complain about how they ate better in Egypt.

All those days wandering in the wilderness, and the Israelites lose perspective. They are so focused on the physical facet of their circumstances (imagine eating rice cakes for forty years and muster a little sympathy) that they lose sight of God’s provision. He delivered them from slavery! He is leading them to the Promised Land! But the Israelites can’t see beyond their hunger pains.

Sometimes I lose patience for these hangry Israelites, but then I realize- how often do I lose perspective? How often am I so focused on the little things in life, like why God won’t just make my baby sleep through the night or frustration at my never finished to-do list that I don’t stop and think about where I am. What God has brought me and my family through. Cue the guilt.

I’m just like the Israelites, only my wilderness is a different setting and my problems are different. (Usually.) The underlying issue at play is a lack of gratitude. I can’t see how petty my problems are because I’m not looking at the history of God’s grace in my life. I’m not intentionally thanking Him and giving Him glory for what He has done.

But one thing that’s great about the Lord is that He is patient with us. He loves us, and His goodness can’t be tested. His mercy never runs out. Whatever you’ve been through, wherever God is taking you now, He loves you, and His plan for you is good. Take a look around today and I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find something to praise Him for.

And if you’re feeling guilty like me, remember- God didn’t give up on the Israelites. He led their children into the promised land.

Lord, help me to have Your perspective. Help me to be grateful and content in my circumstances, thanking You for all You’ve brought me through and where You’re taking me!

Next Week’s Reading Schedule:

Monday: Numbers 20; 27:12-23

Tuesday: Numbers 34-35

Wednesday: Deuteronomy 1-2

Thursday: Deuteronomy 3-4

Friday: Deuteronomy 6-7

 

 

 

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