Topic: Cry of Canal Pilgrims
[DCLM Daily Manna 25 July 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Numbers 11:10-15 (KJV)
10 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.
11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me?
12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?
13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
Key Verse: “Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent, and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased” (Numbers 11:10).
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Many factors help to define the degree of one’s maturity. One of these important indices is the way one reacts when faced with challenges and unexpected occurrences. In times of failures, disappointments and crisis, the mature would always respond with the right and positive attitude. On the other hand, the immature would display negative attitude. Complaint, murmurings, withdrawal attitude, sucking, etc. are signs of immaturity.
Despite the steadfast presence of God with Israel as they journeyed out of Egypt through the wilderness, the unregenerate and the mixed multitude that left Egypt murmured and complained against God and Moses, their leader.
Every believer in the Christian race must settle the issue of serving God right from the onset of the journey. A diligent resolve to follow the Lord patiently and in faith is a virtue we must cultivate in this heavenward race. Unfortunately for this group of pilgrims, only Joshua and Caleb amongst them had the right mindset and attitude, and they only could make it successfully to the Canaan land.
Complaints and bickering are evidence of physical and spiritual immaturity. Issues that prayer and faith in God would easily neutralise are often mismanaged by doubting, prayerless and weak folks in the fold, thus leading to catastrophes. All faithless actions manifested by these pilgrims resulted in hot displeasure of God and Moses the servant of God. As contemporary believers, we must be firm in our conviction and act right for our soul’s sake. Nothing is impossible with God.
Thought For The Day: Faith in God secures our needs and neutralises anxiety and worry.
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