Be careful what you pray for

If you have a complaining spirit–you know who I am you are!–and find yourself whining and wishing or obsessing about one desire after another, YOU NEED TO READ NUMBERS 11 and 12. What a rich lesson that I’ve always just skimmed over in the past. In this part of Moses’ story, the Israelites, who have been saved from slavery remember, are complaining, not because they have NEED of anything, but because they are bored. Bored with the manna that God has provided them in the desert so they do not starve. Not only does their complaining spirit reveal a lack of faith in the circumstances God has put you in and an ungratefulness for what God has provided, but it is a form of rejecting God! In verse 20 of Numbers 11 God says the people have “rejected the LORD.” What is their punishment? They get what they ask for! Meat, more meat than they can stand. And it was to their own demise, for the meat carried a plague that killed every last one of those who desired it. Be careful what you pray for. Instead of attempting to satisfy unhealthy cravings, pray that you would desire what God wants for your life so that you don’t miss out on his wonderful blessings, like the promised land.

“The LORD heard you when you wailed, ‘If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!’ Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it. You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the LORD, who is among you.” Numbers 11:18-20

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