Picky Eaters


God’s Story For Your Life

Picky Eaters
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Read Numbers
11:1-15
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Then the foreign rabble who were traveling
with the Israelites began to crave
the good things of Egypt. And the people
of Israel also began to complain.
“Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We
remember the fish we used to eat for
free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic
we wanted. But now our appetites
are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”

The manna looked like small
coriander seeds, and it was pale yellow like gum
resin. The people would go
out and gather it from the ground. They made flour
by grinding it with hand
mills or pounding it in mortars. Then they boiled it
in a pot and made it
into flat cakes. These cakes tasted like pastries baked
with olive oil. The
manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night.
/ (Numbers
11:4-9)

Reflect
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Every morning the Israelites drew back
their tent doors and witnessed a
miracle. Covering the ground was white,
fluffy manna—food from heaven. But
soon that wasn’t enough. Feeling it was
their right to have more, they forgot
what they already had. They didn’t ask
God to fill their need; instead they
demanded meat, and they stopped trusting
God to care for them. “Oh, for some
meat!” they complained to Moses as they
reminisced about the good food they
had in Egypt.

The Israelites
complained, and then Moses complained. But God responded
positively to Moses
and negatively to the rest of the people. Why? The people
complained to one
another, and nothing was accomplished. Moses took his
complaint to God, who
could solve any problem. Many of us are good at
complaining to each other. We
need to learn to take our problems to the One
who can do something about
them.

Dissatisfaction comes when our attention shifts from what we have
to what we
don’t have. The people of Israel didn’t seem to notice what God
was doing for
them—setting them free, making them a nation, giving them a new
land—because
they were so wrapped up in what God was not doing for them. They
could think
of nothing but the Egyptian food they had left behind. Somehow
they forgot
that the brutal whip of Egyptian slavery was the cost of eating
that food.
Before we judge the Israelites too harshly, we should think about
what
occupies our attention most of the
time.

Respond
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Are we grateful for what God has given us, or
are we always thinking about
what we would like to have? We should not allow
our unfulfilled desires to
cause us to forget God’s gifts of life, food,
health, work, and friends. Take
a blessings-inventory and thank God for his
provisions and what he is
providing right now.

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