Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
In Deuteronomy 8 we read where the Lord fed the Israelites with manna from heaven and gave them water from a rock, and they still complained! Their clothes and shoes didn't wear out, and still they complained.
Every week we give food and water to a hundred plus people underneath a bridge in Knoxville. We also give clothing and shoes. We aren't the only place who does this. No one in our town needs to go hungry or without clothing and shoes.
Yet, I can't tell you how often I hear complaining. I can't tell you how often I throw away plates full of food, or find perfectly good clothing left behind on the ground.
It isn't just the homeless...it's me. How in the world do I feel I have the right to complain about anything? The Lord is constantly providing food and water for me..Many times that food seems to appear out of the sky! The water seems to appear out of a rock. My clothing lasts far longer than it should and my shoes never wear out.
Yet I complain.
"Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments. His precepts, and His statutes which I command you today., Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all you have is multiplied, then your minds and hearts be lifted up and you forget the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 8:11-14