Then the people of Israel… grew impatient with the long journey, and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!” – Numbers 21:4-5
The people of Israel were impatient, unrepentant and ungrateful. They were freed from bondage in Egypt, led with safety through dangerous terrain, fed miraculously from God’s own hand and yet they had nothing but complaints. How short were their memories? How undisciplined their lives? How haughty their attitude? But what about us? Are we ever impatient, unrepentant or ungrateful in the face of God’s gifts, grace and mercy?
When we point a finger at others, may we be reminded to examine ourselves and to be more gracious.