How Soon We Forget
It is interesting how soon people forget who they are and where they have been brought from. The fifteenth of the second month by our calendar would be one and one half months or forty-five days after the greatest experience they had ever had that the Israelites began to murmur about the conditions they were living in.
Instead of remembering the suffering of the slime pits and slavery they were complaining about the condition they were now in after being delivered from slavery.
The children of Israel said, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full, for you have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill the whole assembly with hunger. Sometimes we need to recap who we are, where we come from and where we are headed for.
WHO ARE WE? I for one don't ever want to forget who I am. I am today by the grace of God who I am. I once was lost, in sin not able to help myself. I knew there was no hope for me other than the hope I have found in Jesus Christ. I also discovered after coming to Christ I had all my needs met daily. I have been a follower of Jesus Christ since March 1964 and today I can very truly say to you, all my needs for my family and myself have been met. I have heard many people talk of being hungry when they were children, none of my children can, nor has ever said they have been hungry in their life for food and there was none for them to eat. "Thank the Lord."
WHERE WE COME FROM? Most of us here today come from humble but good beginnings. Our parents have worked hard to provide for us. I have seen my Dad come home in the winter time with his clothes frozen from his knees down from being out in the weather making a living for his family. He never took a hand out in his life, but many times I have seen him bow his head and thank the Lord for what he had. As a matter of fact, I have seen him give to needy people without blowing a trumpet when he did it.
WHERE ARE WE HEADED? Whether you or I want to admit it or not we are all going down the road of no return. We are here for a short few years and then we are gone forever, never to return again in the same condition we are now in. It does make a difference how we live our few days here on earth. Yes, we can live them for ourselves and think of no one other than ourselves or we can share our lives together and help each other along the way, it is up to each of us how we spend our days.
Israel had seen the Red Sea open, the walls of water held back until they went through safely; they had been delivered from slavery as most of us have been. Their slavery was slime pits while ours have been other things, but slavery is still bondage regardless of the name you put on it. God forbid we complain when we can give Him praise instead. No one can decide what direction we go except our own