By McKenna Takach
March 23, 2020
Passages of the day:
Grumbling has been tremendously easy for me this past week. With my rhythms thrown off, my coping mechanisms taken away, and my people put outside of my proximity, there have been more moments than I care to admit when I have slipped through the door into my own pity party.
Sometimes I feel like I have a lot in common with the Israelites in today’s Old Testament passage. They had experienced God’s goodness, heard his promises and seen him fulfill what only he could have. And still, they spend their time in the desert grumbling in their tents about what they had left behind. Ultimately, their grumbling led to their disobedience and they missed out on years of the promises God would later deliver to them.
My grumbling is a sign of my distrust and my discontentment. Distrust is rooted in my inability to rest in what God has promised me, and discontentment is rooted in my frustration that he hasn’t done things my way. We are in a season where we depend on God for just enough to make it through the day – with our spouses, with our kids, with our finances, with our thwarted routines. But before us, the Israelites in the Desert depended on God for just enough for each day too! I think as a church we are in a season where God is teaching us where we have actually entrusted our hearts. And where we have trusted in systems and pride to sustain ourselves, he is now reminding us that he is Lord. He is the great provider and sustainer of our faith. My grumbling distances me from him, and still he waits, knowing the promised land is just over the hill if I would only trust him for today.
Blessed be God! He has not turned
away my prayer or turned his faithful love
— Psalm 66:20