Thou Shall Not Whine - Monday, September 9th 2013
"But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted."
Have you ever seen a child watch TV? They sit happily watching the characters they love dance across the screen. But, it's interesting to watch what happens when the show stops and the commercials come on. That once happy child turns into a loud, demanding whiner. "I must have it," they demand as they kick and scream when they are told "no." I wish this picture stopped at childhood. Sure... we've toned it down a bit, but how often do we find ourselves discontented and whining for the next job, house, car or spouse? This is not a new phenomenon by any means. In fact, Moses was threatened many times by a mob of angry whiners.
Numbers 11:5 "We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!" NKJV
The children of Israel had been receiving supernatural food from heaven and yet they were whining for something more. Friend, God has provided all eternity for us through Jesus. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection we can be forgiven. Because of His great love we can have our names written in the Lamb's Book of Life. With this Truth forever on our minds, how could we ever whine again? Instead, we should live content, thankful lives because the God of all creation loves us unconditionally.
Life Lesson: Thou shalt not whine.
Thank You for the life You have given me. Lord, forgive me if I have whined or complained about life when You have blessed me in so many ways. Help me to see the amazing blessings all around me today and to share those blessings with others I meet. Fill me with Your Spirit and use me to reach others with the message of the Gospel. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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