I don’t want to act like a spoiled, selfish child with my Heavenly Father!!

We watch with disgust the behavior of a spoiled, self-centered and ungrateful child. In their mind it’s all about them. Their parents do their best to provide for them in keeping with available resources and receive in return nothing but complaints, pouting, and temper-tantrums. No appreciation! No respect! The displays of infantile behavior just leave you shaking your head and mumbling to yourself… “I tell you, if they were my child…!”
The tragedy is that sometimes adults act just like that with God – their Heavenly Father! I mean, read the sad story of continual “murmuring” by the Children of Israel after their deliverance from Egypt in your Bible! (And just listen a little bit to some professing “Christians” around you. On second thought… Have you or I ever “murmured” or complained?!)
Today, during “coffee with the Lord” I read the account of God’s miraculous and merciful provision in Deuteronomy 8 in the Bible (… and I also read the warning God gave through Moses to those who would “forget” the source of His blessing and provision).
I mean, think about it… Multitudes in the hot, dry, barren wilderness… “And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years.” (Deuteronomy 8:2–4 ESV)
God fed that entire multitude miraculously in the wilderness!! Think about it! Their clothes did not wear out!! Their feet did not even swell!! Awesome!!
But I can hear it even now… “Boring! No restaurants?! This awful manna! No places to shop for new and fashionable clothes? What are you talking about?! Back to Egypt – it was better than this!
And God’s warning through Moses? “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God… Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:11–17 ESV)

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