grumbling, glory and life verses

glimpses of His glorious creation at the zoo

I haven’t posted in a while.

Today I will attempt to combine two posts,

let me know if it works 🙂

I spent a little time in the desert with the Israelites.

Specifically traversing along the dusty path found

in Exodus 16.

If you recall, this account finds the travelers

grumbling.

In fact, they grumble the chapter before and the chapter after

because they become thirsty.

In chapter 16, I put a rectangle around each time I saw the

word  or a form of grumble.

I count 6 times in 35 verses.

They  missed Egypt and all

those pots of meat that were not to be found in the

desert, so they grumbled.

Chapter 16 makes mention of this

verb over and over.

How do you feel when you are around someone who tends

to grumble?

Does it bring you joy?

Do you feel like giving them a gift for their murmuring?

I find that my mood usually  shifts right along with the one  grumbling.

But look at God’s response:

So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites,

“In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought
you out of Egypt,
and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because
he has heard your grumbling against him.”

Exodus 16: 6,7

God’s response isn’t even close to my reflexive reaction.

Listen to them grumble and I will show them  my glory.

Mind boggling isn’t it?

That evening there were chubby little fowl underfoot.

Everyone slept with their bellies satisfied and awoke

to  indescribable manna.

When our thought life and spirits are lean,

God fills them with himself.

This morning you may have rubbed the sleep from your

eyes and not  slipped on manna.

Tonight you probably won’t be visited by quail but

God’s glory is still delivered to us morning and night.

His Word imparts His glory.

Do you have a life verse?

Or several?

Years ago, when people would mention their life verses,

I assumed that I would find one that would be THE verse

to last a lifetime.

I have found that not to be true for me.

I have several life verses.

Some are deeply etched in my heart and will remain for life

but others point to a particular time walking a dusty trail like

the Israelites.

What I notice is that the mere mention of these verses brings

God’s glory front and center.

I am changed.

I am reminded.

My gaze is taken from the mirror and placed

on the Most High.

If I am poised to grumble, a life verse shifts

my position to praising His glory.

Do you have a life verse?

Or a verse that is bringing you encouragement today?

I would be so honored if you might share a special verse in the

comment section.

What a great way to share His glory with one another by reading a list

of verses.

One of my very first blog friends was Susan  from Pennsylvania.

Check out her blog as she writes about making

life an adventure and has an amazing story.

Susan contributed to  The One Year  Life Verse Devotional.

The One Year Life Verse Devotional (One Year Book)

Fill up those comments with verses and I will randomly pick one
person to receive a copy of The One Year  Life Verse Devotional.
I will pick a name at the end of Memorial Day.
If you feel like you are in a dry and weary land where there is no water,
then simply write help...you will be entered and I will pray that His glory will 
rain over you mightily.
Perhaps you will run into a verse in the comments that resonates with your
particular life journey.

Here’s a couple of my life verses:

That is why I am suffering as I am.
Yet this is no cause for shame, 
because I know whom I have believed,
and am convinced that he is able to guard 
what I have entrusted to him until that day.

II Timothy 1: 12

For this God is our God for ever and ever;
    he will be our guide even to the end.

Psalm 48: 14

Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand. 
 You guide me with your counsel, 
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? 
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 
 My flesh and my heart may fail, 
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

Psalm 73: 23-26

This passage…reminds me that Jesus’ words

states the assurance of getting to the other side,

despite the storms that rage before getting to the

promised destination.

Please leave a verse…you never know who you might encourage

today and there is great power in proclaiming His Word.

I can hardly wait so I better hit publish.

Have a blessed weekend!

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3 thoughts on “grumbling, glory and life verses

  1. sharon (Mothershaz) says:

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    Jeremiah 29:11

    New International Version (NIV)

    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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  2. ci says:

    This is hard to narrow down, but recently these two have been at the forefront of my mind:

    “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

    “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD; He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.”
    Ps. 91:1-2

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  3. Jane says:

    The Lord gave me this verse in two steps… (one was on a ‘pick-a-Scripture for the day little box that almost acted looked and acted like a Chinese Cookie fortune. Ha. The other was on a calender….. the first was when I met my husband, the second was when I had our first son) I didn’t know they were part of the same Scripture until years later…… Jesus is cool that way.

    The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zeph 3:17)

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