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Adapted from today’s The Lutheran Herald devotion

Scripture: Numbers 11:1-35

“But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” (11:6) Does not this verse sum up the continual whining of God’s people from Genesis to Revelation? How often do you lament about how tough a life you have, how unfair it is that you must face the trials of your life? How often do you moan about having nothing at all but these Means of Grace (Word and Sacraments) to look at? We want peppier tunes, sermons that move me, we want people on fire….we, we, we all the way the home, but not the promised land, and now the Kingdom ofGod.   Complain, complain, complain—although the march through the wilderness lasted a whole generation, only comparatively few incidents along the way are recorded. Almost all of them are variations of the same theme: Israel’s whining and revolts against God’s guidance. The historic narrative of the people of God is not an epic of national heroism; it is not the glorious record of a people willing to suffer hardship for the sake of freedom. It is definitely not an epic of a people who trust the Lord at His Word…sounds too familiar all in all!

We complain endlessly about how bad we have it—and our Lord Who was crucified for our sins and raised for our justification graciously listens. It has been that way from the beginning—and so it is with us. It is only because the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, because His mercies are new every morning, that we remain His true children and do not turn back to the slavery to self, world, and the devil.

Almighty, heavenly Father, allow us to see Your abundantly gracious hand in all things: every support of body and soul as the fourth petition of our Lord’s Prayer proclaims. Amen.

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