POST-IT FROM THE PASTOR
The LORD said to Moses, "I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, 'At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'" That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.” (Exodus 16:10-15)
God’s love for us is due to His character, not ours. Having just been freed by God from four hundred years of slavery through ten terrible plagues and having just been rescued by God from the mighty Egyptian military through the parting of the sea, the Israelites should have been confident that God would provide for them, but instead they grumbled! Just as we do, when having been freed from the slavery of sin and rescued from spiritual death we fail to trust God for what we need and grumble at our stressors and discomforts. Yet God responded to the Israelites with more-than-adequate sandwich fixings, and He responds to us by meeting our earthly needs as well, because He is patient with us and faithful to His promises.
Heavenly Father, thank You for constantly providing for us, even when we grumble. Give us wisdom and perspective, so that we can in all things be grateful and trust in Your goodness, through Jesus, amen.
A guy learns that his girlfriend has left him to run off with a cowboy.
He walks into a bar and is about to order a drink when he notices a man nearby.
The man’s boots, belt buckle, and cowboy hat cause the guy’s blood to boil.
He angrily shouts over to the bartender so loudly that everyone can hear,
"Drinks for everyone in here, bartender, but not for that cowboy over there."
Soon after the drinks have been handed out, the cowboy looks over with a big smile.
Giving him a thumbs up, he calls out "Thank you kindly!" in an equally loud voice.
This infuriates the guy. He once again loudly orders drinks for all except the cowboy.
As before, this does not bother the cowboy. He again smiles and yells, "Thank you!"
The man asks the bartender, "What's the matter with that guy? I ordered two rounds
for everyone in the bar but him, and all he does is smile and thank me. Is he nuts?"
“Nope," replies the bartender. "He owns the place."
May God’s goodness give you perspective and patience this week!
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.