Tuesday: 9th April, 2019
1st reading : Numbers 21:4-9
Numbers 21:5a And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?
When the things we do for others with good and honest intentions are mistaken for evil, it can get very disheartening. We know from reading the scriptures that God chose Israel as His own long before they even became slaves in Egypt. His reasons for doing so were in response to their cries for help. Thus, He was really disappointed that a complaint had been made against him to the effect that He acted out of shear malice when He brought them out of slavery.
What was even more distressing was the subsequent declaration that their life in Egypt was much better because they had ‘bread and water’. For Israel therefore, the most important thing to them was what they would eat while in the wilderness. Hence, they had no problem forcing that to become a reality even if it meant returning to Egypt: their old location and state of living.
My dear, whenever we are given a new lease of life, we have to make the most of it. We ought to bear in mind that God changes our positions with the intention to move us over and above our present circumstances and way of living- we are translocated to live differently. That particularly includes a renewal of our state of mind and heart. So, if at the slightest hurdle, we lose sight of what could be ahead of us and seek to return to our old state, then nothing much can be accomplished.
God will never change where you are for nothing. All the decisions He makes concerning you are geared towards moving you towards the very best. Beloved, you can be assured that God has not taken you into the wilderness of that trial to dampen your Spirit or break you down. Call it a ‘stress test’ because He is leading you along a set path to a better place – to your promised land. You can trust him on that.
Remember # every decision God makes is for your good; so look forward not backward.