How is your life? Is it a mess? Are you waiting for the other shoe to drop? Have you learned anything from your past? Have you learned from your family’s past? Have you decided to change your approach to life? Do you know where to turn?
Our lives often get messy. Things go awry. Things get out of control. We face interruptions. Plans get changed at the last moment. The disruptions create frustration. Our outlook on life gets out of whack. We may wonder how we will get through the day.
Have you entertained the idea that God is humbling you so you will turn to him? God does things like that sometimes. He decides we need an awaking. All the while, we flop around like a fish out of water. We struggle through the situation we are facing, trying to figure it out on our own. We don’t stop, take a moment, and discern if it is God at work in our lives or just the randomness that happens in this broken world we live in.
Despite what we may think, God is at work in our lives. Just like the Israelites who he rescued from their slavery in Egypt, God cares for us. But just like them, when we forget about him and start complaining about the blessings we have, he can put us in the desert so we will turn back to him. He cares too much about us to leave us in a state of discontent.
Notice in today’s passage that God turned the Israelites back to him through their stomachs. He reminded them that they needed to turn to him and obey his commands. We need to do the same. If we do not, God may just use a situation to remind us. After all, he is the Almighty God of heaven and earth.
I pray we all remember we need to lean on God. I pray we decided to obey his commands. I pray each one of us learn from the past—how God worked in the lives of the Israelites and how he has worked in ours. Lean on God. Live by his Word. Obey his commands. Look for him working in your life.
Deuteronomy 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.