Monday: 5th August, 2019
Reference text: Numbers 11:4-15
Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:
Whenever we take our eyes off the present, the things in our past about which we have cried to be taken away or whose hold on us we wanted to loosen become our desires once again. That appears to be the story of Israel today.
By virtue of the fact that there was no meat to eat, their experience of hardship in Egypt meant nothing at all. Egypt now became a preferred place compared to the promised land that lay ahead of them. Their tears, their pain, their mistreatment and cries for help seemed not to matter.
In many ways, their attitude suggested that it isn’t really a tough call to fall back to the old ways we know and are familiar with, as well as to desire that things return to the way they used to be, particularly when things at present aren’t so beautiful. The only problem with that line of thought is that we stay in a rut and never really move on.
Beloved, the challenges of the present time should not prompt us to fall back into our old ways, but rather encourage us to push forward.
Every challenge that we overcome, contributes to our overall resilience, and that is something we ought to build up as we grow and develop in faith.