Saturday, June 8, 2019

Psalms 78:20 -- On Faith and Thankfulness

"Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?"
Psalms 78:20

This psalm talks extensively about how the Children of Israel forgot God or were disobedient, and this example struck me because it felt pretty accurate for the modern day as well.  How often do we question and doubt God in some new circumstance when we have seen his hand clearly in a different area?  It's like we have to build up our faith from scratch... and as this verse points out, it really shouldn't be.  If God can do one miraculous thing, he can certainly do another.

Another aspect of this particular request is that they asked him to satisfy their lust (see verse 18).  God was already feeding them every day with Manna (Numbers11:4-6), but they missed the meat that had been easily available when they were slaves.  And that sounds sort of like us as well, always wanting more even when we are blessed abundantly, and valuing the freedom that God grants us very little.

Today, let's work on being a little bit less like ancient Israel at their worst, and more like them at their best... faithful and believing and triumphing through faith and obedience.  Let's be thankful and satisfied with the blessings that the Lord grants us, and look forward with an eye of faith, knowing that God can help us with whatever task faces us today just as he has helped us in the past.  Let's look to God to help us, not when we are dissatisfied with the taste of our daily bread, but instead when we truly don't know how to overcome a problem, and let's ask in faith, not doubting whether he can help in any particular circumstance, but with confidence, knowing that he can help us in any circumstance, and trusting in whatever solution he deems best.

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