And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. (Numbers 21:4-6)
Today's Morsel: I've had people who've lost loved ones, some have lost their job, some have had homes and businesses that were destroyed by a tornado or earthquake, and they ask me, "Pastor, why did God allow this to happen?" There's really no answer to give someone when these things happen. Most people aren't looking for answers, they just want someone to comfort them during these times. We do know that scripture says that God causes it to rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45), but to blame God is the wrong approach. We need to establish a Job attitude, and say as Job said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly" (Job 1:21-22).
The children of Israel now found themselves in a discouraging state, because they were not allowed to enter the "Promised Land," all because of their own unbelief. They now found themselves having to do another forty years in the wilderness. And so they began to speak against God and Moses, His servant. Both God and Moses had their best interest at heart. But salvation and deliverance and entering the Promised Land comes by believing not through unbelief. One would think that what the children of Israel had seen God do for them from Egypt to this point of entering the Promised Land would have caused them to believe that God could do anything. But they allowed murmuring and complained on the route and an evil report by the spies that Moses sent to espy the land to destroy their faith. And now, all they saw was that they had been brought out to die instead of given newness of life. Let me encourage you today, no matter how bad it looks, don't blame God, nor your pastor, for what is taking place in your life. Just keep believing and God will bring you into the land of promise.
Sing: Keep believing, cause His word is true; keep believing, you know the Lord will see you through. When troubles rise in your life, and you don't know what to do, you'll be find, if you just keep on believing!