Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Numbers 11. This lesson is about the children of Israel during the time when they were wandering in the wilderness. God met their needs for food, but they still complained. His provision wasn’t good enough for them. Are we ever guilty of doing the same thing, instead of thanking God for what He is providing? Notice how it made God feel when the children of Israel complained. Verse 1 says His anger was kindled against them. I never considered the fact that it angered God when I complained, have you?
Sometimes God provides for us, but we aren’t happy with what or how He provides. We want what we want and we want it now. We don’t consider that what we’re asking for might not be good for us. We don’t consider that the time might not be right for us to have what we’re wanting.
Sometimes we act like spoiled brats who always want their way. Can you imagine how it makes God feel when we act this way?
God gave the children of Israel manna to eat, but they weren’t satisfied.
They wanted meat to eat. The people complained. It angered the LORD and Moses was displeased with them as well. Be careful what you ask for, you might get it. The people wanted meat and the LORD caused so many quails to come the people were sickened by them.
Have you ever wanted something to eat really badly, then you ate too much of it and it made you sick to your stomach? Well, the children of Israel complained so much about not having meat, God gave them an overabundance of it to the point it made them sick.
Have you ever thought about how it makes God feel when we complain about the things He has provided for us? How much better do you think it makes Him feel when we give thanks to Him for what He has done for us? Instead of complaining about what we don’t have, maybe we should be more thankful for what we do have.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.
3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.
4 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
7 And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.
8 And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.
9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.
10 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.
31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
Things to think about:
- Have you ever stopped what you were doing to thank God?
- What are some ways we can thank God for who He is?
- In what ways can we show God we have an attitude of gratitude?
- Are you in the habit of complaining?
- Have you asked God to help change your attitude?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Numbers 11. We see where the children of Israel complained and it angered You. Please forgive us for complaining and help us to be more grateful. You have blessed us in so many ways. Thank You for everything You are to us and for everything You do for us. Mostly, we want to thank You for Your Son, Jesus who You sent to die for our sins. We love You LORD. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.
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