Monday, September 28, 2009

"Leeks And Garlic"

"We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick." Numbers 11:5

The Lord miraculously delivered the Israelites out of the land of Egypt and was going to take them into the land of Canaan- a land that He had promised to give them. During their journey they began to murmur and complain. They wanted to go back to Egypt with its leeks and garlic. Can you imagine, God wanted to give them milk and honey and they wanted onions and garlic!

Aren't we often the same way? God is trying to give us something so much better than we have and we keep wanting to hold on to the lesser instead. Why is that? Look back at Israel. In order to get to the milk and honey, they had to move, they had to get away from their familiar surroundings, they had to cross the desert, they had to go through a wilderness, they had to face some heat. When the Lord is trying to get something to us, He doesn't always just "drop it in our laps". Sometimes we have to make a move. Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zones. Sometimes it means going through a desert, through a wilderness or even through a dry place. And because getting the good thing (the milk and honey) that the Lord wants us to have comes at a price, we would rather settle for what we have (leeks and garlic) than pay it.

Whatever you have to go through in order to receive God's will for you will be well worth it in the end like we talked about last week. The problem is not on God's end. He wants to bless you. He wants you in His will. He wants to give you good and perfect gifts. He wants to take you from glory to glory. The problem is with us when receiving involves some sort of sacrifice, self denial or commitment on our part. That being the case we have to ask ourselves, "Do I really want to settle for the "leeks and garlic"? Or do I want to receive all that God desires to give me, even if it cost something on my part?"

Have a great day. Is God trying to give you milk and honey but you are still wanting onions and garlic because you don't want to go through what it takes to get the milk and honey?

For further reading:
2 Corinthians 3:18
Acts 14:22
Isaiah 1:19
Luke 4:1,14

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