THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY: Heb 3-4; Night: Jer 32-33
THEME: CONSEQUENCES OF MURMURING
TEXT: NUMBERS 21: 4 – 9
HYMN: EMHB 319 – Weary soul that wander wide
If you ever come in contact with people who complain about the grace of God, they are the most ungrateful people. They cannot perceive God’s mercy in the provision of daily bread and safety from all dangers. Murmuring is act of ingratitude to God.
The Israelites in the wilderness did not farm nor trade. As a result, they had no money to buy food stuff. They had no permanent abode for them to have a kitchen to cook in. Yet they were not hungry because God supplied them manna. They compared manna to the food they ate in Egypt and concluded that the heavenly provision was substandard to that of the Egyptian meal. They murmured against God, blasphemed His Name and scorned the leadership of Moses, His servant. Their action was rejection of the grace of God. God sent the fiery serpent to bite them as the consequence of their murmuring. This was the most bitter of their several attacks on the manna. There is no motive of our heart that God does not understand.
Why do you murmur against daily provision of God in your life and family? Are you in the habit of comparing the revelry you lived before your conversion with what you do now? Do you compare the wife or husband you married with your women or men friends you once enjoyed living in sin? Do you know there are several people that do not have the kind of grace which God gives you? Brother and sister, cultivate the habit of giving thanks to God for His providence in all the ways you can think of.
The consequences of murmuring are grave as you can see from what God did to the Israelites. It leads to spiritual death; it causes dew and rain to cease from heaven. Stop murmuring and be grateful to God Almighty.
MEMORY VERSE: Num. 21: 6 “Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, so that many people died.”
PRAYER: Jehovah Jireh, give me a heart of gratitude for Your daily provision for my family. May I never allow murmuring nor express ingratitude to provoke You to anger against me and my family in Jesus’ name. Amen.