Midweek Wake-Up, June 21, 2018
I worry about money, and I worry about it quite a lot.
I went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago and found out that I have quite the dental work that needs to be done and it required quite the amount of money. I panicked. I quickly looked into my bank account to see if the dental work would put a dent into my savings. It would.
So I do what I do best. Cry out to God. Actually more like complain to God.
I went to the dentist, got a tooth extraction done (I had a badly damaged molar that was beyond saving) and after the procedure, the dentist told me that they took out my wisdom tooth as well. Oh great, more money to spend (I was not told I had a wisdom tooth that needed pulling before the procedure, they found it during the procedure!). But the dentist did not charge me for taking out my wisdom tooth, which was rather strange. I was not pleased with how much money I spent. I raised my head heavenward, begging God to send provisions. Then I remembered Exodus 16… The Israelites grumbled about their lack of food. Even after their audacity to complain to the King of the Universe, He graciously provided them with bread and meat that they don’t even need to work for! They simply needed to collect it and cook it!
Just as Lauren said, we should not be quick to judge the Israelites in their grumbling towards God. Because we do it ourselves, I certainly do. EVEN AFTER THAT FREE wisdom tooth removal, I still grumbled and asked God for MORE provisions. But much like with the Israelites, God provided for me.
We just need to constantly remind ourselves that we are the children of God and He will meet our needs and even sometimes our wants!
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
…and if our physical needs/wants are not met, we need to remember that as God’s children we have been given His grace. A grace that fulfills the need of our eternal spirit. His grace is indeed enough.
NSC family, what are the things that we grumble and complain to God about? Has our grumbling blinded us from the gifts that God has so graciously given us?
Your friendly neighborhood Admin Assistant, Joey