Numbers 11:4-15 Reflection:
The people of Israel are whining again, this time it is about the fact that they have no meat to eat. They are always going on about something, first it was water, then bread and now meat. What would make them happy?
They are a bit like us really; we may not be aware of it but we all do a fair bit of whining ourselves. Why do I have to go to this job, Lord: Why do I have to put up with this friend or husband: Why was I not taller: Why did I not win the lottery?
We could increase the list ad infinitum. There is something in us that is never content. Perhaps this “un-contentness” tells us more about ourselves than it does about God. If we look at the world with this constant yearning then our experience of God shall be that he is a person who denies rather than gives, and that is not a very positive experience.
Perhaps it is better to stop whining and start being content, to take up the habit of being happy where we are. This morning I was looking at my day and was complaining to myself about how much I have on today……then I thought, ‘if I take that attitude I will not enjoy it.’
So I changed my thinking and decided, ‘take it easy, enjoy your work and watch what the Lord does with your day.’ One way to think of God is to think of him as a loving Father who walks with you in your day, gently nudging and directing you as to what to do and where to go.
The problem with this is that if we are whinging like the Jews then we will never hear him. If we slow down and take it easy and purposely look out for his help, waiting to hear what he says, then we are a lot more likely to enjoy our day and experience his love.
Try it sometime, you may find it is worth the effort.