Grumble, grumble, grumble. Yea! God provides. Grumble, grumble, grumble, Yea God provides! Grumble, grumble, grumble, Yea God provides. And on and on it goes. Life is hard, Satan attacks, grumble, grumble, grumble. Then God helps us to see just how good He is. Thought I was talking about the Israelites didn't you? Although this fits them pretty good...it also fits us. God is always providing, God is always blessing, God's love is always shinning on us. But we let our bad moods, our worries, our selfishness--get in the way. We focus on them and stop seeing God's love shinning down like the sun. The Israelites had the same problem. God dealt with them again and again. He grew angry, He punished, but still He provided and He NEVER stopped loving. In spite of all the trouble they caused, the Israelites still made it to the Promised Land. In spite of all the grumbling we do, in spite of our lack of faith, in spite of our "I'm going to do what I want to do" attitude, we will still enter the Promise Land one day too. But it will only happen if we truly believe the only way it will happen is because of God's grace allowing Jesus to die in our place.
I wish I could say I was different, that I don't grumble. I can't! I wish I could say I would have been side-by-side with Caleb and Joshua. I can't! I wish I could say I never doubt God is real. I can't. But I know one day God will say, "Welcome home Chuck, your name is in the Lamb's Book of Life." Heaven is my Promised Land, I hope it is yours too.
It is so cool that we can share such wonderful stories and lessons with our kids. What a difference you can make in their lives by encouraging them to study, trust, obey and serve our MIGHTY GOD!
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