When Is Enough Enough?

It appears to be human nature for us to be unsatisfied, frustrated, and even complaining about what we don’t have that we think we should have.  It is very hard for us to appreciate each and every thing the Lord has given us, especially when they seem mundane, or when they don’t compare to what we see others have.  How does God feel about our lack of appreciation and complaints?  Let’s look in Numbers for an answer…

We read about the Israelites, God’s chosen nation, in the book of Numbers.  They cried and complained because they didn’t have variety in their food.  Previously in slavery, they had a wide variety of foods, and in a way, they longed to be back in captivity, just so they could enjoy the variety of cuisine. To us, it seems kind of silly for them to crave slavery and abuse just so they could increases the senses of their pallet.  But, like how God does not change, people don’t change either, and so we continue to repeat what seems silly to us at a distance, but very real to us when we are put in that situation.

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down… Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.””  Numbers 11:1-2,4-6

And, so the Lord answered the complaining people…

“[God said to Moses,]18 And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the Lord, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat. 19 You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, 20 but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”’…. 31 Then a wind from the Lord sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground. 32 And the people rose all that day and all night and all the next day, and gathered the quail. Those who gathered least gathered ten homers. And they spread them out for themselves all around the camp. 33 While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck down the people with a very great plague.”  Numbers 11:18-20, 31-33

Father God, help us all to appreciate each and every thing You have given us.  We definitely don’t want to kindle Your anger towards us due to our lack of appreciation and thankfulness.  You have blessed us so richly and provide for each and every one of our needs.  Help us to see what our needs truly are as opposed to what we desire or what we think we need.  Help us to be grateful each and every day.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.