The downside of leading the people out of Israel, was as the Israelites watched God do great things, they grew to expect him to continue to wow them each day. Rather than simply living gratefully as a free people, they wanted to be pampered. So each time things went a little sideways, off to Moses they ran to complain and to ask why did God not simply leave them to die.
God was very patient. He met their needs and led them safely through the land without any regrets. Moses, well, he was already growing a bit weary. While he had been a shepherd for 40 years, he never heard the sheep complain. These people did nothing more than complain. Like babies, in a sense, they ate, walked and cried—nothing more. As a new leader, it had to weigh heavily on Moses.
The question remains, what kind of free people are we? Do we walk, eat and complain like the Israelites; or are we grateful, hopeful and peaceful as we are called to be? If we can live out our freedom with a grateful heart, hopeful mind and a peaceful spirit—then we will continue to see the wonder in our journey. If we, on the other hand, spend each day picking out what was wrong with God’s plan; then we–like the Israelites, will just be slaves walking in a desert. Join me—today, in a grateful walk of freedom.
God Bless You
The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”
3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”
4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
5 The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the place Massah[a] and Meribah[b] because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”