He let loose the east wind from the heavens
and by his power made the south wind blow.
He rained meat down on them like dust,
birds like sand on the seashore.
He made them come down inside their camp,
all around their tents.
Have you ever been trapped in a dust storm? Let me tell you that it is something unbelievable and suffocating. The air becomes unbreathable and visibility is virtually reduced to zero. The color of the sky turns red or ocher, a layer of sand is spread over every surface and there is no way to determine when the weather phenomenon will come to an end. Now imagine the same storm but this time instead of dust what falls to the ground are birds, not any kind of birds but tasty quail. Imagine also that the quail layer covering the surface has a thickness of about one meter (three feet), ie we would be flooded almost to the waist by a sea of birds. I am sure that if you find you in a similar situation the first thing that would cross your mind would be Gee, what good opportunity to stock up my kitchen with meat! And at no cost! I am also sure that you would not go long without starting to collect as much as possible of the feathered booty.
The scene described above came to pass to Israel when they were in the desert after having escaped miraculously and spectacularly from the clutches of the Egyptians. But what happened was not a fluke. There was a compelling reason in that the people complained bitterly that they had no meat to eat. So annoying was the complaint that a point was reached where Moses, the visible leader of this great escape asked God to take his life. God responded by sending them plenty of meat which the Israelites gathered eagerly to later receive a strong discipline from the Lord as a consequence of the greed of the rebel nation. Let’s be careful of what we wish and never complain about anything that we believe we need. If what we believe we need is really necessary, God will provide in abundance according to his grace and mercy. If what we think we need is just a trivial wish we could be exposed to a severe discipline from the Lord. Let us learn to live with contentment so we do not fall into the trap of consumerism and excess. To God alone be the glory!
Yet he gave a command to the skies above
and opened the doors of the heavens;
he rained down manna for the people to eat,
he gave them the grain of heaven.
Human beings ate the bread of angels;
he sent them all the food they could eat.
This passage is a great example of the grace of God. It had been recently that the Jewish people had been freed from the brutal slavery to which they were submitted by the Egyptians and not much time had passed since they were witnesses of the great wonders that God made for their freedom and to make way to put them out of the reach of their persecutors. Apart from being God’s chosen people, did they have something special to make them worthy of the privileged treatment that God was giving them? In any case, if anything was clear about this people is that they failed to comply with the covenant God had established with them. To start, they set themselves aside from the teachings received from God himself. Then they forgot about the great wonders that God did for them to get them out of Egypt and finally, they rebelled against the authority of God, casting doubts about his power and testing his ability to provide and protect.
We have also been recipients of God’s wonderful grace and like the Jewish people who made it out of Egypt, we often forget the great things that God has done for us. Building on the popular saying of “the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” we spend our lives complaining about everything until we make a habit of complaining and we become boring and unbearable because of the many lamentations and complaints coming out of our mouth. When grumbling wants to take control of your life remember the many wonders that God has done for you. I’m sure you’ll have more things to be thankful to God that situations for which to be bitter and pessimistic. God will never abandon you and his grace is incomparable. To God alone be the glory!
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Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
This year has been marked by unusual weather. While in some places they have seen the worst floods they can remember elsewhere there has been a drought without precedent in the history of weather data collection. Most affected are those who make a livelihood by farming. They would immediately understand today’s verse in light of their painful experiences with the weather. When the sky fills with clouds and the hopes for rain grow in the hearts of those who eagerly await there is nothing that causes more disappointment than to see how the wind carries the clouds to another location before they are relieved of their precious cargo . Likewise, these clouds full of false promises resemble those that boast of how generous and detached they are, although they never give anything to anyone because of their selfishness and stinginess.
Sometimes the failure to keep promises is due to the strong but short enthusiasm with which some of us face the challenges and tasks at hand. If our temperament is like the apostle Peter’s, sanguine, it is very likely that we are always impulsive and restless with everything we have to do to a short time to later fail in the fulfillment of what we intended to accomplish. This would not bring serious consequences if we were the only ones affected by the breach. When our informality affects others, they and our testimony are impacted negatively, something that probably we are not wanting to happen. If we know what are the trends of our dominant temperament let us pause and consider before promising anything. Be that our weakness is manifested by arrogance or personal style, we must be careful to always present a good testimony before others. Let us be transformed by the power of God working in our lives. To God alone be the glory!
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.
Those who deny the existence of God see themselves as the center of the universe. Their “reality” is only that part of creation that they can detect through their senses. They only use reason ─with some minor modifications, obviously─ to convince themselves that their ideas are right and that the rest of humanity lives under the delusion that there is a Supreme Being. Their view is that since they can not see or hear God, he does not exist. Their science ─that a priori does not recognize God─ is based on the stochastic process─ here you have a new word, look it up in the dictionary and construct a sentence with it─ of evolution and a universe that emerged from an explosion (Big Bang) of concentrated matter. Of course they never bother to explain where that mass came from and how it reached that high state of concentration. They cannot explain how life started either. For them it is enough to assume for a fact the infinitesimal probability that supports their theories, not realizing that it is just that, a probability, and incidentally, infinitesimal. They do not realize that probability, as a coin, has two sides. So when talking about probabilities, we must also consider improbability which carries a heavier weight.
With God we have two options, ignore him or accept him. If we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we will be given life. If we reject him, we will remain on our previous condition, that is, spiritual death. To accept Christ means, among other things, to overcome, once and for all, the chronic stupidity that comes attached to mankind’s sinful nature. If you still do not have Christ in your heart, let your foolishness become wisdom through the transforming power of God. Open your mouth and say “Lord Jesus, I need you. I believe in you. Forgive me and save me. Take control of my life.” The veil placed over your heart will be immediately removed and you will see the glorious reality of salvation. To God alone be the glory!