Scripture: Numbers 11:1-23
Key verse: 23 The Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”
Reflection: How shortsighted we are! We start off on a new journey in life, leaving behind the things that have held us back, find ourselves discouraged at the challenges of a new life and begin to complain about the hardship, yearning for the remembered good old days.
We take on new responsibilities and complain that the work load is too much. There is too much responsibility, too many tasks, not enough time and energy. We start feeling sorry for ourselves and initiate a pity party.
That’s what happened with God’s people and Moses long ago. It happens with us, too. For them and for us the problem is a shortsightedness that focus so much on our own discomfort that we forget that God has resources to meet our needs. We forget that God has been at work in our lives. We forget to trust in God’s care and concern for us.
Back then, God’s people got the nourishment they needed. Back then, Moses, got the help he needed to be an effective leader and to avoid inevitable burnout. God provided all that in spite of the grumblings and complaints of the people. God cared even when the people were ungrateful.
If you have moments of despair or frustration and your sight can’t see beyond your discomfort, remember God’s answer to Moses (and to us), “Is the Lord’s power limited? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”
Prayer: Hear our grumblings, O God, and let them evaporate our distress. Then show us your power – sustain us, lead us, support us, encourage us – until we can take the next step on our journey. In the name of Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans