(This is part of 31 Days of Writing)
This morning in Sunday School the topic was Numbers 16, where there is an uprising against Moses by a few hundred people. At one point in the narrative the rebels say, “Indeed, you have not brought us into a land lowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards.” (vs 14a)
It took me a minute to begin to wrap my mind around the timeline but I looked back three chapters before and discovered that, yes, it had only been a couple of chapters ago that these rebels had refused to take exactly what they were now accusing Moses of not giving them.
Later, in Children’s Sunday School, the teacher I assist was pointing out that deliverance doesn’t just come miraculously, ie God doesn’t always just remove us from a situation. Noah had to build an ark to be saved, David had to retrieve 5 smooth stones from a brook and sling one at a giant, etc., then they were delivered.
We long for rest, we long for the burdens we are carrying to be lifted from us. God says they can be, He offers a way to achieve that, but it usually requires work, work as little as reading and studying God’s Word so we can know Him better, and trust on our part. I’m not always willing to do the work, and I know I don’t always trust. But the rest I receive, the peace of mind and contentment, are worth the effort it takes.