31Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea… 33But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. (Numbers 11:31-33, The Jesus Bible)
Happy Wednesday family! A lot has happened in the five chapters I read in the Book of Numbers today. Each tribe presented a very specific offering (Numbers Chapter 7) as the tribes of Israel sought favor and blessings from the Lord. They celebrated Passover and began their journey away from Mount Sinai, where God had appeared before them and delivered the Ten Commandments and instructed how to build the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle and the Tent of Meeting. Now they had packed everything up and begun their journey to the Promise Land. The very next chapter, the VERY NEXT CHAPTER. The. Very. Next. Chapter. The Israelites were “rabbling” about not having any meat to eat (God was continuing to provide Manna to them every morning for their food). This is odd because they had just celebrated Passover where they ate lamb for the feast. I guess having to constantly offer your best meat to burn before the Lord as an offering can make a person pretty hungry. For whatever reason, the Israelites were really missing the fish they used to eat in Egypt and grumbling to Moses about their limited menu selection. So God hears their cries and sends quail by the hundreds of thousands. God sends so much quail that they will be able to eat the fowl for the next month. But as we see in the final verse above, while the meat was still between their teeth, God sent a severe plague that killed many of the Israelites.
This is a powerful reminder to be content with what God gives you. Do not rush the journey. Do not rush the process. God will provide. It may not be the exquisite dining you yearn for, but it will be enough. Stay humble, live in a state of perpetual gratitude where you are thankful for everything you have every day, and God will lead you to your Promise Land. Give your life to God. He will guide you, and where God guides, He provides.
There was some wonderful new music released this past Friday. Of those, the song below is a fitting reminder for this message. Brandon Lake released a new cut on my favorite track from him. “Gratitude” has been out for several years now, but it continues to gain new life through radio play, and now this beautiful new version, which I share for y’all below. Have a blessed day, full of praise, promise, and thankfulness.