Monday, November 13
Congrats! You survived the first day! And, you’re back for round two, which means you’re headed down the road of success.
Here’s something to think about. In the book of Exodus, God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. And it was AMAZING. Miracle after miracle, God supernaturally provided everything they needed and set them free in a spectacular display of power and might. However, in the book of Numbers, we find the Israelites are unhappy with this adventure into freedom.
- In Numbers 11, the Israelites complained. They complained about the difficulties of living in the desert. They complained about the manna God provided. They complained about not having meat.
- In Chapter 12, Miriam and Aaron complained. They criticized Moses, his leadership and his choice for a wife.
- In Chapter 13, the Israelites sent 12 spies into the Promised Land to scope out the terrain. When they returned, 10 of them complained about what they saw. While they did have some good things to say, they complained about other things.
- In Chapter 14, the negative report of the spies caused the whole community to complain.
All of this complaining resulted in the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. And, it prevented anyone over the age of 20 from entering into the Promised Land.
I am NOT implying that God will deal with us as He did the Israelites when they complained. What I want us to see is that complaining is not OK with God. It’s not a minor infraction. He views it as evil. It’s a much bigger deal than we think. And, there are consequences to complaining. Could it be that complaining prevents the promises of God manifesting in our life? Keeps us from stepping into His promises for us? Could it be a hindrance to breakthrough?
Today, I encourage you to read Numbers chapters 11-14. Then, read 1Corinthians 10:1-11. I know it’s a lot of reading for a busy Monday, but trust me, it’s worth the investment of your time. If you need to, break it down by reading a chapter here or there throughout the day. It’s important for the overall journey we’re on. Journal what you think God is saying to you. And, I promise, I won’t give this much the rest of the week!!
*Don’t forget to ask yourself the Reflection Questions and record your answers at the end of your day! AND connect with your accountability partner!