Monday, October 26, 2009

The Good Old Days

Exodus 16: 1-3

The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD'S hand in Egypt. There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."

It's hard to believe that after living as slaves in Egypt and serving under Pharaoh in such harsh conditions that the Israelites are now looking fondly upon that life in the passage of scripture quoted above. 430 years have passed since Joseph had brought his entire family to Egypt to save their lives during the famine. It was after Joseph's death and the death of the Pharoah for whom he worked that the conditions for the people of Israel changed from that of dwellers of the land to slaves.

Are you and I any different? Do we look upon the difficulties in our life the same way that the Israelites did? Do we get angry at God for our change of circumstance and our problems? Do we threaten to abondon our faith? Do we give up? Do we beg to go back to the way things were?

Or do we take the difficulties to our Lord and Heavenly Father and ask Him to guide us through these times. Do we rejoice in our problems and draw on God's strength to see us through. Do we keep our faith and trust in our God, a God who has consistantly displayed His love and grace to us countless times. A God who as recorded in the Bible, is ever faithful to those who love and obey Him.

When our lives become filled with stress, financial difficulties, family problems, co-worker issues, illness, grief, addictions, etc. who is better and more qualified to help us than Our Lord? Trust in Him. Keep trusting in Him and asking for His guidance and direction. Ask in Jesus' name for His will to be done. Not for our will to be done, but for His will because God does work out all things, even difficulities, for His good and His glory.


  1. Thank you for drawing this portion of Israel's collective experience to our attention, Jenny.
    Only a week ago I said to my congregation that one might have thought that over years, with the many experiences in which God had proven Himself in our lives and as our sufficiency, we'd forever overcome doubt and unbelief. However, it seems that although we do grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord, we continue to face fresh challenges to our faith. Yesterday's victories teach us that God is dependable, but we need to walk in victory for today. (I guess it's a bit like the manna; it had to be gathered fresh each morning.)

  2. Jenny and Peter, thanks for articulating this so clearly. It's something we have to be on guard against every day. Good thing God loves us even though we're what we are -- and He works with us to change us.

  3. Great post, Jenny. I know that I myself am guilty of "creative memory" when it comes to my past. That's one reason I like to review my old journals once and awhile. It's important for me to read about where I was and how God had pulled me out of the mire.