“One day some worthless foreigners among the Israelites became greedy for food, and even the Israelites themselves began moaning, “We don’t have any meat!  In Egypt we could eat all the fish we wanted, and there were cucumbers, melons, onions, and garlic.  But we’re starving out here, and the only food we have is this manna.” (Number 11:4-6, Contemporary English Version)

I’ve read this story many times and it always speaks to me. The Israelites kept complaining about the stress that they were feeling along their journey to the promised land. Over and over again, they would forget how bad life was for them in Egypt. All they wanted was for life to be easier and stay that way. Unfortunately, life doesn’t really work that way.

God will deliver us out of an abundance of hardship but that doesn’t mean that the rest of our lives with be without trial. We are constantly being faced with tough decisions. The unfortunate reality is that life will hand us lemons sometimes. It’s what you choose to do with it that makes the biggest difference.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for all the times you have delivered us from trouble. As we continue through life, I pray that you will continue to watch over us. In Jesus name, amen.

Devotion by Melinda Keays


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