Monday: September 14, 2020
Reference: Numbers 21:4-9
Numbers 21:5 The people spoke against God and Moses: “Why have you led us up from Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread or water, and we detest this wretched food!”
The beginning of concerns started from the change in location as the Israelites asked ‘why have you brought us out of Egypt? Why have you altered our place of comfort? In their eyes, based on their current circumstances, all they could really see outside Egypt was discomfort, hunger and bad food.
Yet, amidst this complain, we see something interesting in the story of Israel. Before this point, Israel had been calling out to God for deliverance out of their oppression in Egypt. However, they seemed to have forgotten one thing- that in Egypt, ‘they were settled’. Perhaps, not comfortably, but for
430 years, Egypt was the place they called home. Therefore, their comparison of Egypt with the wilderness presented somewhat of a skewed argument hence the content of their complaint.
Let’s take a step forward together: in packing our luggage when travelling on holiday or to any other destination where our stay is planned to be short, we “travel light”; taking only those things that are absolutely relevant. This is enforced because we have weight and dimensional limits for our luggage. On the other hand, in our own places of abode, where we are settled, these limits don’t apply.
Israel seemed oblivious of the fact that their journey through the “wilderness”, as they described it, was a transition, not a settlement. On all accounts, God was not ready to afford them a comfortable time therein, lest they began to prefer the wilderness to the land he had promised to get them to. Beloved, whenever we are transiting, we are put in a state where there is an absence of equilibrium, a state of unrest or unease where we desire to keep moving and are in uncomfortable situations.
But that is an expected feature because even though we do not realise or ignore them, transitions are “short term discomforts intended to keep us moving’. Don’t get too comfortable.