There have been times in my life that I have wondered how God could be so faithful to me while I actively disobey His Word. A great example of this is found in Numbers 11 (click HERE to read the chapter). In this story the Israelites are complaining to God that they have nothing to eat - even saying that they were better off in Egypt as slaves! They were complaining that God was not giving them enough. God's answer was to give them manna. The Israelites continued to complain that they did not have meat to eat - again, saying they were better off in Egypt. Once again, God gives them their meat - so much that they learned not to complain!
While this drama continues to unfold, God continues to take care of the Israelites by providing them with great leadership. God blesses 70 of Israel's elders to send His Spirit to in order to prophesy and "help (you) carry the burden of the people so you (Moses) won't have to carry it alone" (vs. 17). Despite Israel's rebellion, God makes sure she has proper leadership to lead her out of Sinai.
There is a short lesson here: God provides for His people despite their own rebellion. For us today, we can know that as we struggle with sin God will still sustain us - even in our worst days.
If you are in your worst day - take heart, trust God to provide for you. The provision is not for your glory or because you are doing anything right, it is for His glory because of
This is Jeremiah's cry to God concerning the rebellion of Judah and Jerusalem. God has the same concern for the nations today.
My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart!
My heart is pounding in me;
I cannot be silent,
Because you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war.
20 Disaster on disaster is proclaimed,
For the whole land is devastated;
Suddenly my tents are devastated,
My curtains in an instant.
21 How long must I see the standard
And hear the sound of the trumpet?
22 “For My people are foolish,
They know Me not;
They are stupid children
And have no understanding.
They are shrewd to do evil,
But to do good they do not know.”
Father, Pastor, Writer