But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel. But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.
When men in the camp were jealous of Moses and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD, the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. Fire also broke out in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a metal image. They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea. Therefore he said he would destroy them — had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them. (Psalm 106:13-23)
As we began our second-day study of (Psalm 106) this morning, may I open with this question, ‘Have we, during our walk with the Lord, at times allowed sinful attitudes to dominate our lives? For instance, everything may be going well for us (no troubles, no issues), then out of the blue comes a struggle: we receive bad news on our health, we have a financial struggle, or maybe we run into a challenge with an excellent friend of yours. What do we do? Do we find ourselves quickly forgetting that God is our God in the good times as well as the not-so-good times? As we push out the memories of God’s past graces (during good times) from our minds, it dangerously becomes an invitation for wicked thoughts to take up residence in our lives; sinful attitudes give birth to sinful actions.
The people of Israel hit a difficult time when they began to think, ‘We do not know what God is up to, but He will have to do better than this!’ They began surveying their circumstances, causing them to complain that God’s provisions were not enough. When we hit a struggle in life, do we find ourselves grumbling and complain about our circumstances – giving evidence that we have forgotten God’s grace? Having a critical attitude is a byproduct of a heart seeking satisfaction in life apart from God.
We also see in (vs.16-18) that Dathan and others rebelled against the authority of Moses and Aaron in Israel; they thought, ‘We do not like the authority of Moses and Aaron, I think I should be in charge.’ Their inability to submit to the authority God had allowed was a direct rebellion against God. Our submission to authority is foundational to our true worship of God.
A critical and rebellious attitude leads to idolatry. Moreover, when we do not find our soul’s rest in our relationship with Christ, we seek to satisfy our flesh with what the world provides. This is idolatry. When we defy those in authority over us, we are inability disobeying God. These sinful attitudes lead us to elevate something actively, someone, or even ourselves above God. is
Friends, sinful attitudes tend to gain momentum when we forget what God has done with us, his people. Remembering God’s grace elevates His glorious nature in our thoughts in so doing strengthens our walk with Him daily. Do you sense a critical or rebellious attitude taking up residence in you today? Would you confess that to God today? Would you pray with me?
O Lord, my God, You are my refuge and my strength. You are my ever-present help in times of trouble. When it seems like my world is crumbling around me and the storms of my life throw me around, take away my fear. When I am weak, You are my strength. When I am vulnerable, You are my refuge. When I cry for help, You will answer. Remind me, Lord, that You are always with me; You will never leave or forsake me. In Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><
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