“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.”I Corinthians 10:1-5
My parents sent me to Christian school and at times I hated it. I attended from kindergarten to the middle of 12th grade. I was expelled my senior year after the first semester, but that is a topic for another day. I had the opportunity to attend church camps and be part of revivals on an annual basis. I was given every chance to do right, and we even read the Bible in our home. I grew up in a country where we are free to practice religion and had access to watch Billy Graham preaching on television. Although I have been given great privileges, they have not always resulted in right decisions on my part. I have seen God work and answer prayer, yet, I sometimes question his goodness and his direction. I am myself like the children of Israel, overthrown in the wilderness!
The Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthian church of the Jewish nation of old. He tells of all the great things God had done for them from the parting of the Red Sea to feeding them in the wilderness. He parted the Red Sea and delivered them, but they cried out to go back to being slaves. He fed them with bread which came down directly from Heaven, but they still complained about the bread they were given. He gave them water in the desert, but they still cried out due to their thirst. He was the rock in their tumultuous trials and lives, but they sought another. He was the water that would allow them to never thirst again, but they sought water that brought immediate thirst.
Friend, we are often the same way and seem prone to wander. We have the spiritual freedoms unknown in other parts of the world, but we complain that we don’t see God working in our lives. We have direct access to His word through printed materials, digital and audio media, but we say we don’t have time to read His Word. We make excuses not to do right, and we seek every worldy remedy for our spiritual condition. We forget the Red Seas He has brought us through and the bread He has provided in our time of need. We forget the water He has provided for us in which we will never thirst again. We have forgotten our first love, and our memory of His goodness seems to easily fade. We forget that He is our Rock, and that our life must be built on Him.
Where are you today friend? Is God pleased with your life? Have you forgotten the things He has done for you? Are you willing to look back to the things He has done, and look ahead to the things He will do in your life? What a terrible thing to see God work in your life, and then for you to forget His goodness. Is your life built upon the rock or on the sandy shores of this world? I would rather be considered a friend of God rather than one He is not pleased with. May you not be overthrown in the wilderness, but may you live a life that is pleasing to Him. For His glory!