While reading Numbers 11-14, I started getting a glimpse of the trouble Moses encountered. The people complaints were endless, including Moses’ brother and sister. They complained about everything from their food choices to their God appointed leader. They were only united in being divided against the goodness of God. They didn’t appreciate what they had. There was no thankfulness or gratefulness.
There are two things I want from my children: to be treated with respect and to be thankful for what has been provided for them. They can complain, voice their opinions openly and disagree with the rules but I expect them to be respectful in the process. Thankfulness is different. When we are asking for more or better or different for tomorrow, we can end up having a bad attitude about what is good, right and stable today. Those every day foundational securities are necessary to build upon in order to have bigger and better. It’s not good when life becomes about what we do not have instead of what we do have.
The verse in Romans 1:21 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him.” The verse continues to say that their thinking became futile and their hearts were darkened. Next thing you know, we exchange all the things in our life that represent the goodness and grace of God for things that are meaningless, useless and temporal. We are then stuck with living with our miserable selves and find ourselves trapped in our own negative thinking, without any hope.
The Israelites lost a lot considering that they were on the right path of gaining it all. We sacrifice the abundance of eternity by worshiping on the self serving altar of inappropriately accessing what we think is best immediately. The Israelites were not wrong in their assessment of the promise land. They were wrong in the attitudes of their hearts. They could have said, “We are like grasshopper compared to them. I don’t know how we are going to do it. It seems impossible. God must have a plan.” Instead, they were not respectful in how they represented God in their words or thankful in what He had already provided and promised. Faith was forfeited and failure was the final result.
It is evident from the scriptures that God has blessed us and God has given to us. So it should also be apparent that God’s nature is to continue to do those very things. Are there tests and character building trials along the way? Absolutely. But we can trust Him. His arm is not too short to save nor His ear too dull to hear. To be respectful and thankful are good keys to keep our attitudes in line. I want to receive all that the Lord has for me on earth as it is in heaven. I want Him to be able to trust me with the good things and perfect gifts. I have all I need because I have Jesus but my prayers do not stop asking for my wants. I want temporal blessings that give me eternal treasures. I want to make a difference here and have that count up there. Let’s continue to keep our eyes on the Lord and our hearts sensitive in knowing that God ease drops on our thoughts and conversations. Let’s be faithful to run the race and finish with hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”