Friday, February 8, 2013

The More Things Change...

Our pastor is preaching through the Bible chronologically during 2013. As a church we are reading through the passages each week that Mark will preach on the following Sunday. This week's Scripture is Exodus 5-28.

Part of Wednesday's reading was Exodus 16. At this point the Israelites hadn't been out of Egypt for 2 months. And already they are complaining. While they are mainly complaining about being hungry, they are also complaining about being out of Egypt. 
"If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by pots of meat and ate all the bread we wanted. Instead, you brought us into this wilderness to make this whole assembly die of hunger!" Exodus 16:3
That's right, complaining about not being slaves any more. Because they "sat by pots of meat and ate all the bread [they] wanted." But you know what? How often do we do this? How often do we have a good thing going and simply wish we had what we were used to? We get so used to being comfortable that we aren't willing to be stretched, even if in the long run it will be a much better situation?

Most people are resistant to change. We want what's comfortable. God doesn't promise comfortable. He commands us to make disciples. And that can be messy. And uncomfortable. And much tougher than sitting on the sidelines. Let's get off of the sidelines and start making disciples. Even if that means we don't get sit by pots of meat and eat all the bread we want. Because you never know, there may be all the manna you need right around the corner.