Stop grumbling and look up.

Here’s another 250word devotion that I’m working on for possible submission to CPH’s devotional called Portals of Prayer. If you don’t have a daily devotional you read, I recommend subscribing to Portals of Prayer.

Read: Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 22

To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. Psalm 22:5

Traveling with small children isn’t always easy, especially when the road is long. Despite having everything they may need, children can get restless and bored. I imagine God feeling like a parent as He led His people through the wilderness. They had everything they needed, yet in our scripture lesson, we find them grumbling against the Lord and it was about to get them into very big trouble.

As they traveled, God provided for their every need. He provided manna in the morning and quail each evening. When they were in need of water, our Father supplied it for them in miraculous ways. Yet the people grumbled against Him and His servant Moses, so He disciplined them, sending snakes into their camp.

God’s anger with His children did not remain for long. Moses spoke to God on behalf of His people and God provided rescue through a bronze snake lifted high. We too are children of the Lord and there are many times when we have everything we need, yet we still grumble against the Lord. We are disciplined because of our sin, but God offers us salvation as well. He provides His very own Son, lifted high on the cross. Simply stop grumbling and look up.

  Father, forgive us for grumbling against You, bring us back into Your will. Amen.

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5 thoughts on “Stop grumbling and look up.

  1. Heather, I stumbled across your name today on my agent’s blog (Rachelle Gardner) and was so excited to see a fellow Lutheran active in the publishing world! I’ve read through several entries on your blog and absolutely love how much you love Jesus. I pray we can connect! Blessings.

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    1. Hi there Donna! I’m not quite in the publishing world yet…just getting my feet wet now :)…well trying too anyway! I already popped over to your blog and I loved your post from today! I see you’re a TX girl too, I grew up in San Antonio and went to Concordia in Austin. I also look forward to connecting with you. I’ll be heading to the SheSpeaks conference this summer and I would love to meet you there ;). Take care, God bless, I’m sure we’ll talk soon :).

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      1. So awesome to connect with you, Heather! Yes, I’m a TX girl, too. 🙂 I’m jut north of Houston and active at Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball. Oh, I can’t make the SheSpeaks conference with my schedule this summer…rats! I’ll be at the LWML convention in College Station, however. I know we’ll meet one day. Providence, my friend. 🙂 Blessings!

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  2. Great post and encouragement, Heather! I am in a place right now where I have to rely even harder than usual on God’s provision and while I haven’t blamed God or grumbled to Him, I have complained to others and found myself wavering between panic at not having enough and faith/peace. Thank you for the reminder and prayer!

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