Good morning! How many times do we notice warning signs? There are warning signs on toys, hair dryers, toothpaste, etc. We can’t go one day without coming across a warning sign, but sometimes we ignore them. Then other times we are allowed to do things, but we often ask is it safe. Today we will continue our reading in 1 Corinthians 10:6-11NLT where Paul provides some warnings. Enjoy your reading and your day.
“6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.” 8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. 10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. 11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.” – 1 Corinthians 10:6-11 NLT
Paul continues to remind the Corinthians of the Israelites disobedience so that they will turn away from the things that did not please God.
In revisiting yesterday’s verses, Israel asked for meat and God gave them what they wanted. However, the heart condition behind their ask displeased God. In Numbers 11:4-34 we can read that while they received the meat God struck them with a plague, and them being buried at the “graves of craving”. Paul also reminded the Corinthians that some Israelites participated in idolatry and lost their lives (Exodus 32:28 & 32:35). There was much more that Paul tried to warn the Corinthians of such as sexual immorality, pagan worship, which caused many to die (Numbers 25:4-9). But he ended with a reminder that was key, the Israelites questioned God on their way to Canaan and the result was deadly. Here’s the direct scripture from Numbers 21:4-7 NLT
“4 Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea[c] to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey, 5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”
6 So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died. 7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people.”
Sisters and brothers, the reminders that Paul gave to the Corinthians are good for us too. The things we worship, crave and complain about can bring death to us, maybe not physical death immediately but spiritual death because we fail to recognize or trust God to know what he is doing. We can easily become discontent, angry with our circumstances and pull away from God. While discontentment is an emotion my prayer is that we find contentment in the Lord and what he is calling us to do.
- What do you need to ask God for forgiveness for saying/doing?
- Where is God trying to display His faithfulness in your life?
Father God, in the name of Jesus we ask for forgiveness for the times when we put other things before you. Lord, forgive us for grumbling and dishonoring your name or your plan for our lives. Lord, forgive us for failing to recognize your faithfulness in our lives. Lord we want to be content in you. Lord, teach us how to find peace, rest and assurance in you. Lord, lead us where you are calling us to go. Lord, direct our steps and remind us not to be discouraged or disappointed by our times in the desert/wilderness. Lord, may we grasp harder to you in the times of uncertainty and rely on you in good times. Lord, work in our hearts and transform us so that we may be complete in you. Lord, we pray for those who are struggling with their faith and in the areas of obedience. Lord, help them in these stages of their journey. Remind them that they can trust you. Lord, we pray for those who are sick and those who are grieving. Lord, we pray for supernatural healing in their bodies. Lord, we pray that while they go through the grieving process that they see you in the midst of their pain, shock and heartache. Lord, show yourself faithful in their lives and ours. Lord, we trust you to do what your word says you will do. Be with us. In Jesus name, amen.
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