When we are struggling-for whatever reason-in our current situation, isn’t it amazing how we can look back on times in our past and remember them in a much better light than they actually were? Or maybe we don’t make it seem better than it was–but we only remember the good and not the bad when we are comparing it to our now difficult circumstance.

When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.” – Nu 11:9 (ESV)

Earlier in this chapter (Nu 11:4-6), the Israelites were complaining about what they were eating. They were sick and tired of eating the same thing–manna. They were upset and reminiscing about not having the delicious variety of foods they used to eat back in Egypt. In Nu 11:9, in this simple statement, we are reminded of God’s faithful provision to his people. He miraculously provided for them daily. Yet the people had grown to resent, detest and outwardly complain about this gift from God.

It’s easy for us to look at this and think, wow, how ungrateful and forgetful can they be!?

  • God did miracles in their sight and delivered them from slavery in Egypt (Ps 78:12)
  • God divided the sea and lead them through; he made the water stand up like a wall (Ps 78:13)
  • God guided them with a cloud by day and with light from the fire all night (Ps 78:14)
  • God split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas (Ps 78:15)
  • God gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; he rained down manna for the people to eat (Ps 78:23-24)
    • Manna was the grain of heaven (Ps 78:24)
    • They were eating the bread of angels (Ps 78:25)
  • God sent them all the food they could eat (Ps 78:25)

What did they do? They didn’t remember the past as it had been. They didn’t remember who God was. They forgot what God had done, was doing and had promised to do in the future for them. They lost their faith. They did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. (Ps 78:22) [Even though he’d shown his faithfulness and ability to do these things in the past.]

Amazing, isn’t it? Yet, don’t we do the same thing? It’s so easy to get caught up in our circumstances and forget how things used to be in the past. We forget how God has been so faithful and gotten us through many situations and can do so again. I think that’s why it’s so important to write down those times or have some kind of memorial of the past where God has performed miracles or gotten us through difficult times – so we WILL remember and keep our faith and stay strong.

My Prayer:

Lord, how you must hurt and even get angry when we complain about the gifts you provide for us or when our hearts turn from you and we don’t trust you. You know we are hurting ourselves and those around us. Thank you for bringing this scripture to our attention today. Thank you for the reminder of who you are, what you have done, what you are doing and what you have promised in the future. Thank you for loving us even when we have been forgetful, hurtful and ungrateful for all you do for us.

Thank you also for the message in Ps. 78. It is a great description of how lack of faith and forgetfulness of who you are and what you do for us can lead to discontent and much destructive complaining. Complaining doesn’t just effect our own disposition and faith, but also those around us. Plus it can snowball. That’s scary. Help us all to be aware of what we are saying and how it is effecting those around us.

Give me strength for this upcoming week. Help me to make the best use of my time so I can get done what I need to get done. Help me to remember that you are in charge–you know what needs to be done and you will provide what is needed. Help me to trust you–praise you–thank you, rather than worry and complain about not knowing how I’m going to get any of it done! I don’t need to know–you do. Show me how to lean on you–to allow you to work through me. Open my eyes and ears so I will see and hear you working in me and around me. Help me to remember! Thank you for providing for us daily–for raining manna on us, so to speak–even when we don’t appreciate it as we should. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.