I'm laughing inside as I write this because I'm remembering how much this past summer I was looking forward to reading in the New Testament for a change because I was "stuck" in the prophets. Overall, I had a good time with the Old Testament prophets, but I couldn't wait for the rich doctrine of the New Testament. Well, now, as I'm immersed in Philippians, I am longing to get back to the stories of the Old Testament. Apparently, I'm hard to please. Kind of like the followers of Moses.
Do you like Moses? He had such a personal relationship with God that God spoke to him face to face as a friend. We might not be able to relate to that closeness, but we can all relate to the emotions we see throughout Moses' life. I think that is what I like about him the most. Poor Moses. He was leading thousands of the most ungrateful people on earth at the time. They complained all of the time - for good reason (I would be tired of wandering around, wouldn't you?) and for bad reasons. Let's take a look at one of Moses' not so good days.
In Numbers 11 we find the nation of Israel complaining because they were tired of the manna, provided freely by God, and wanted meat. (Nu 11:4-6). I can't help but laughing at this story, because it is just so like us, isn't it? Because of their complaining, God was ticked off and Moses was displeased (Nu 11:10). Here's what Moses had to say to God about it:
...Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers? (Nu 11:11-12)
So Moses felt like a nursing father, huh? Now that would be a sight to behold. I won't go any further down that path. Apparently, Moses was feeling a little overwhelmed. At least he went to God with his frustrations. Leaders (remember, everyone is a leader in some capacity), do you feel overwhelmed with all of the people God has placed under your care? Its okay to get frustrated. All of us are only human after all. But, don't let your emotions get the best of you and take over your lives. Take your frustrations directly to God, as Moses did, and who knows what may happen next!
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of the story of the hungry Israelites ... :)