I’m reading through the Bible from cover to cover in 90 days again. I always enjoy this reading plan because the pace allows me to easily see the connections in and big picture of God’s Story.
Last week I read Numbers, and I anticipated looking at the Israelites’ cycle of grumbling, complaining, and not believing God and thinking to myself, How could they do that after everything God did for them?
This time was different, though. I realized that, in the midst of the trials we’re experiencing, I have done a lot of grumbling, complaining, and have been fearful (lack of trust in God) about our circumstances. As I read about the Israelites and the attitudes that led them to wandering in the wilderness for forty years, I was convicted that I’m not doing any better than they were.
I didn’t put on sackcloth and ashes, but I did spend time repenting for my attitude and determining to trust God in every circumstance because He is faithful. He has proved Himself to my family many times—just as He did to the Israelites. The problem is not with God. The problem lies with me.
After that reading and the resulting prayer time, I began to feel the peace that eluded me last week. He is faithful. He has promised not to leave or forsake us and to provide for our needs. I have what I need for today. That is enough.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
‘Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.’
So we say with confidence,
‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?’”
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV1984)
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