Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Numbers 11:1
There are some people, that no matter what is going on, they like to complain. Things are never good enough for them. They are always looking at the negative side of things.
Workers will complain that their boss is horrible and is too rough on them, so one will leave that job for another job. At the new job, the same complaints will rise up again. It does not matter if something was improved or not, there are still more to complain about. People want a perfectly smooth sailing life, through every situation.
The Israelites had been crying out to God for mercy while they were in Egypt under slavery. They felt the burden of slavery, though they had a place to stay and three meals a day.
They were excited when God miraculously brought them out of Egypt. However, within a short time, while traveling in the wilderness, they found more to complain about. Even though they were being fed three meals a day, without having to work for it, they wanted to go back to Egypt and complained. God’s anger was aroused and He struck them.
There are many today who are the same way. They will always find things to complain about. Some believers are very guilty of this same thing. They always find things to complain about in the church, the sermon was too long/short, another person did not do something right, the chairs are too hard, the worship too long/short, or some other complaint.
They also complain about their work, family, the weather, and the list goes on.
Things could always be better, but as a believer, you must trust that God is already giving you what He thinks is the best for you. Instead of complaining, thank God for what you do have. Things can also always be worse.
Take time to give thanks for the blessings in your life. Take your eyes off of what you don’t have or how bad things are and focus on what is going right, such as, you have food, clothing, salvation, God on your side, and you are still living.
Don’t arouse God’s anger with complaining and seeing only the negative. God is blessing you, even today.
I pray today that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will give God praise for what you have; that you will trust God with what you are going through; and that you will never complain to God about anything.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
All over the world there are people who have accumulated many things. Some have accumulated large dollar amount items, with extreme wealth, while others just accumulate lower cost items. In most of the cases, both the wealthy and the not so wealthy, the items are accumulated for self.
The world looks at one being successful by measuring the amount of items that has been accumulated over time. The more a person has, the better he is.
Having things is not a problem, however, they become a problem when they are only used for one’s own self.
This type of problem can occur among believers also. God is a God who loves to be generous and pour out many blessings of provision. He does not pour out just enough for what a person needs, but abundantly more than what is needed.
There is a purpose in God’s being generous. That purpose is so that the person receiving can pour out generously into someone else’s life. God helps the believer, so that the believer can help someone else, not so that he can hoard it all to himself.
All the things that a person can accumulate in this world, cars, money, houses, clothes, will only last for a short time. They are temporary. However, during this short time on life, those things can be used to help meet the needs of other people, both believers and non-believers.
Paul had just talked about a believer needs to be a cheerful, generous giver. This is so that God can continue to bless the believer with more, because He knows that believer will in turn bless someone else with what he has.
God is giving you everything that you have so that you can meet the needs of others as He meets your needs. God can meet all of your needs in miraculous ways of His own provision or through others as you are generous with what He has blessed you with.
As you meet the needs of others, you are abounding in every good work. You are showing God’s love to others, both believers and those of this world.
Do not allow yourself to become stingy with what God has given you, pass it on to others.
I pray today that you will see what God has blessed you with; that God will show you ways to meet the needs of others; that you will see God’s abundant provision; and that God will help you abound in every good work.
I want to thank everyone who has chosen to follow my blog or stopped by to see it and read a post. I want to thank everyone who has liked a post or made a comment on a post. It amazes me the number of people from all over the world who read my blog!
Several years ago God had laid it upon my heart to start this little blog. I stand amazed before God as to how much it has grown since then!
This past year has been the best year for stats so far. It had:
For the views and visitors, this was more than four times the previous year!
These stats are all because of you! Without you, there would be no reason to post anything.
There have been days it has been challenging to keep it going, but when I see the number of people viewing it, the likes and the comments, it is encouraging to keep going. I give thanks to God for all the lives it has touched.
I have also enjoyed reading many of your posts that you have written. Everyone who likes a post of mine or makes a comment, I will look at their post. God is using many of you to reach this world for Jesus.
Know that everyday I am praying for every person who reads this blog. I pray that it will encourage many to get into God’s word more. I pray that God will touch their lives and meet the needs of each one. I pray that God will reveal Himself to each person in new ways and draw each one closer to Him. I pray that God will make each person more like Jesus. I pray that each person will be walking in the will of God and working to enlarge His kingdom here on this earth. I pray that everyone will know the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her own personal Lord and Savior.
Again, thank you for reading! May God bless you richly in all ways this new year!
As we ring in the new year, many people look back to the previous year and remember many things. Some of those things were really great, like my daughter getting married to an awesome man of God. Or the unexpected provision to meet the needs of repairs on my house this past summer.
Other things that people remember are not so great to remember. Such as two trees falling on my house and my great vehicle finally dying off.
You may have had greater good things happen or worse bad things to happen to you this past year. Regardless of what has happened, you survived. God brought you through it and is still with you.
God has not abandoned you, nor will He ever abandon you! God knows the plans He has for your life. He has great plans to make you more like His Son Jesus Christ, so that you will enjoy heaven even more and so that you may be able to do more of His work here on this earth.
As you begin this new year ask the Lord how you can change to be more like Jesus. Ask the Lord what work He has for you to do. Ask the Lord who you can be a witness to and show His love to, drawing others to Him.
As you do this, give thanks to God for what He brought you through last year and how He had blessed you last year. Then thank Him for what He is going to do through you this year.
It is going to be a great year in the Lord….regardless of what happens, because God is with you and loves you and will never leave you or forsake you!
Happy New Year!
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7
Going into exile was a difficult thing for the Israelites of Judah to do. As they are going into exile, God now tells them to settle in and serve their enemy. Then on top of that God tells them to pray for their enemy to prosper. His reason for praying for the enemy to prosper is that if the enemy prospers, so do the Israelites.
Praying for the enemy is something many Christians have no problem doing. However, it is how they pray for the enemy that is different. It is common to hear a Christian pray for his enemy that God would strike them down, or remove them. The focus is to change that person, so that one can have a better life. The problem with this type of prayer is that it is totally self-focused.
Years later Jesus would tell all believers to pray for their enemy and bless them, not curse them. Praying for the prosperity of your enemy is a blessing upon them. Doing this shows the enemy the love of God, not the hatred of people.
Not blessing your enemy will fall back on you in the same way. If the economy of everyone around you is failing, your economy will also fail. If there is no peace with everyone around you, then you will not have any peace either. If there is poverty all around you, then you will also have poverty.
No person can have peace or prosperity completely alone. It takes a community to have either. There will always be some in your community that will be your enemy–those who do not follow Jesus. If they do not prosper, you cannot prosper.
Along with physical prosperity, every person needs to know the love of Jesus. If you are praying against them and for their downfall, where is there any love in that? How will they know the love of Jesus, when all they see is hatred?
You may not always agree with your enemy, but you can pray for God to bless them and draw them closer to Him by His love and care. It is His kindness that will draw them to Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for your enemies; that you will show God’s love to your enemies; that you will be able to pray God’s blessings on your enemies; and that many will come to know Jesus through the love you show them.