Posts Tagged ‘Hardship’


Numbers 11:1,5-6,11,16,21-23,33 Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp… “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”… And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people?… Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you… But Moses responded to the Lord, “There are 600,000 foot soldiers here with me, and yet you say, ‘I will give them meat for a whole month!’ Even if we butchered all our flocks and herds, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!”… But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.

Reading this chapter left me with mixed emotions because in one context, the response of the Israelites seem terrible and in another context, God’s reaction to their complaining seems far worse.

How are we to understand this chapter and apply it into our lives today? (more…)

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Luke 20:22-24
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Over the last many days, I have often referred to the Olympics and for this I apologize. Here in Canada, it is BIG and therefore everything presently revolves around the games as it is being hosted in Vancouver, the city we live in. Every time I see an athlete win a medal and hear the interviews, I long to hear the reason for their success and so far, the only thing I hear is how they did it through their own hard work and determination against all odds. That seems to be our attitude in everything we do. We long for recognition and glory and love to get credit for things we do. This is also the case in charity where the focus is on who gave how much. When we hear Paul speak, we see something totally the opposite and the impact of his life and work was considerably more than all the Olympians put together!

I sometimes wonder if I were in his place, would I do the same? Would I sacrifice my everything to serve the peoples of this world? Maybe if I knew my needs were met, whether it be shelter, food, finances, protection, etc. However, with Paul, Silas, Barnabas, Timothy and the many who served God, they were not funded or provided for by man. Paul, in fact supported himself and his friends through his profession of tent-making and used these resources to provide for his ministry. Every one of them suffered continuously but still believed it a privilege to serve God through their lives. What about us today? Do we live in the comforts of this world and are unwilling to complete the task the Lord Jesus has given us?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

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