It’s everywhere you turn. You can not seem to escape it. You want to get away from it, but it keeps finding a way in. NEGATIVITY. Oh how lethal it is. If we know how toxic it is why in the world do we participate in it? Have you ever really stopped to ponder this question? Have you ever been to a restaurant or a party where the music was turned up too loud in the background, and it made it difficult to carry on a conversation? Instead of getting up and leaving we compensate, and we just talk louder so we can be heard over the noise.
The world in which we live in is truly exhausting me. I wonder if this is what Moses felt when he was leading the Israelites to the Promised Land?
“So they quarreled with Moses and said, Give us water to drink. Moses replied, Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?” Exodus 17:2
These are the people that The Lord had rescued from slavery in miraculous ways, yet they still had unbelief and grumbled. Manna and quail were provided for their meals, water was given from rocks yet they still carried on with their negative selves. Oh how I see us in them. We grumble, we complain, we quarrel with one another all while on the way to The Promised Land. It breaks my heart for all of us. What if we stopped the grumbling? What if we TRUSTED in The Lord with all of our hearts? What if we truly waited on Him to see us through to the Glory Land?
“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now. The Lord replied, ‘I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times – not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.” Numbers 14:18-23
These are difficult words to read. We always like a happy ending, but not all endings are happy especially when it comes to the testing of our Lord. I hope we begin to take notice to our grumblings. I hope we will stop our unbelief and start to turn to TRUST in the Sovereign God who has the best plan for all of His creation. I learned a new acronym just last night for W.A.I.T.. It’s a good one…Why Am I Talking? What if we stopped to think before we speak? What if instead of getting louder to be heard above the noise we stopped participating in the noise. Turn off the garbage being fed to us through our televisions! Sit around with your family and close friends and love each other instead. Enjoy each other’s company. Quit replying to comment feeds on Facebook that only stir others on to anger. Just STOP! It’s not helping. Here’s what helps:
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But ENCOURAGE one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.” Hebrews 3:12-14
Let’s encourage one another daily. Let’s help each other to keep our hearts soft so we won’t be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. All of this noise is a simple distraction from the enemy. It’s time we wake up and get our eyes FIXED on Jesus. He is the ONE who has already overcome! The battle is already won! He can be trusted! Hold firm to your confidence sweet ones. Persevere. Don’t ever quit…keep fighting the good fight! #truth #gloryup