"Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's
gone?" -- Joni Mitchell
Bible Reading: Numbers 11:1-9
Key Verse: “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic” (Numbers 11:5 NASB).
“We remember…” In this section of Scripture, we see God's chosen people in a state we often find ourselves today, remembering what it used to be like before God became central to our daily life.
Here, the people are tired of eating the manna God has provided for them. They have already taken God's provision for granted. They have already tired of the very blessing that has kept them alive in the wilderness. They are remembering the variety of food they used to eat in Egypt and comparing it with the manna God has provided. They are longing for more, they are longing for the variety they once had and for some meat. They are looking back to their enslavement under the Egyptians instead of looking forward to the Promised Land of milk and honey.
How often do you and I recall how things used to be before we gave our life to God in Christ? Have you ever remembered how it used to be and wish that it could be that way again? Have you hungered for the `meat' you used to eat, thinking it was so much better than the `manna' God has provided you with today? Is your appetite for the things of God or the things of the flesh? “A worker's appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on” (Proverbs 16:26).
Instead of looking back, like the Egyptians were, and letting their appetites for the things of the flesh rule their daily life, let us look forward to the Promised Land of milk and honey - wherein God will wipe away every tear (Rev 7:17) and no one shall want for anything.
Let us, like the apostle Paul, learn “the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12 NIV).