Blogging the Bible- March 12

Numbers 11-14; Psalm 31

Have you ever complained to God? You ever get what you think you wanted and then complained to God for giving it to you. God had never not provided for the Israelites, yet they complained about not having meat. He had protected them in their travels yet continued to not be sure if God would continue to be good to them. Does God’s goodness ever run out.

He brought them to the land He was giving them. They took a reconnaissance trip to check out the land. Ten spies said no way, can’t do it. Two said, we can’t but God can. The ten won the day and they again failed to trust God to deliver for them, failed to trust that God would give them what they needed. So they were forced to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until that generation had died off.

That generation was the exact opposite of their relative David. David did not follow the ways of those ancestors. In fact, David trusted the Lord through many difficult situations. Instead of running from God, he pursued God with such passion that he was described as a man after God’s own heart. He ran to God as a fortress. He saw Him as more trustworthy than idols. He saw God’s goodness poured out on him again and again.

Don’t get me wrong, David made mistakes (and some big ones too) and for those he faced their consequences. After the wrong, he repented and turned back to God and received blessing again.

May we learn from these examples and follow the example of David. May we pursue God with abandon, and when we fail, may  we be quick to return to God.

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~ by mikefoster on March 12, 2016.

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