As readers of the bible, how many of us get confused and angry towards the children of Israel for their complaining on route to the promised land?
I mean, seriously! RIGHT after the red sea was miraculously split in TWO for them, they murmur about… a lack of food. “We’ll die” they say, “It was better to be a SLAVE” they say.
And yet they had just experienced GOD. Acting. On their behalf. And had the most dramatic exit out of slavery in human time, like, ever.
I’ve listened to teachers that have told me we are similar to these people in Israel, but I just COULDN’T wrap my mind around that. Me? Being similar to those fools? No way.
And while I would nod my head in agreement to this statement and verbalize the same toward others, I would think,
“I would NEVER downplay such a miraculous event and distrust God if something like THAT happened in my life”
“How could they even complain about food? Could they really belittle God THAT much, and think he wouldn’t provide for that most basic need?”
But while I was driving my two little ones to story time this morning, my heart became pierced with the word of God that showed me how similar we really are to those people.
Let me show you, friends.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
Do you know that in reading this sweet and simple verse, it shows us that we too were once under dominion?
But here’s the catch, not just to people! Not just to a king of Egypt or an angry American.
Slaves to sin. In a place of darkness where the devil STILL reigns and rules.
And we were rescued dramatically.
Yea I know, there were no “fireworks” that when off once we became Christians, but the devils hand HAD to leave us and Christ filled that empty spot. He has literally translated our citizenship to a place where HE rules. I’d call that “camping in canaan’s land”, wouldn’t you?
And yet we may complain about not having “enough” (whatever that may be) Or we worry about tomorrow. We do feel sorry for ourselves, don’t we all?
While our circumstances in the present may be VERY real and VERY trying, nothing is too big for our God, loved ones. If he can save us from the devils mark, he is certainly able to put food on our table. And if you know anything about our God, he does it in an abundant way.
Let’s fight together and the next time we catch ourselves complaining, let’s stop and think about what God has done in our lives. I’ll leave you with the section in Colossians that inspired me to write.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.