Community Living | Coupon | Police Scanner | E-News Signup | Archives | Merchant Directory | Dining Guide
Have a HOT TIP? Call 704-276-6587 Or E-mail us At
Lincoln Herald | Lincolnton, NC

home : religion : inspirational reflections September 21, 2019

8/17/2019 12:11:00 AM
What's For Supper?

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

Numbers 11:5-6 says, “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.” (NAS)

This passage of Scripture records part of a complaint to Moses from the certain people who had been slaves (the children of Israel) in Egypt and were on their way to the Promised Land. These people (and their ancestors) had prayed for over 400 years for God to deliver them from slavery and take them to the home that had been promised to them. In God’s perfect time He answered their prayers by sending Moses and crushing the Egyptian rulers. These people (nation of Israel) had seen God work wonderful signs (the Egyptians called them plagues) culminating with the splitting of the Red Sea so that they could walk across on dry ground. Now God miraculously fed these same people with manna from heaven.

1 - Erie Insurance 300

Are you with me so far? These people were the object of God’s affection, they had seen miracle after miracle, they were freed as slaves, God fought their battles for them, and all they had to do was pick up the food that God was supplying for them. However, after a few days they decided that they did not like God’s cooking!

What was it that made these people so ungrateful to God? They had seen God’s hand move time and time again in their lives; they had the greatest leader in the Old Testament (Moses); but the first time they didn’t get what they wanted they started to complain. What really “gets my goat” is that they compared the present to the past, and told God that they had it better as slaves! What did you say? Yes, God, we had it better in Egypt, the food back “home” was assorted and free! It was their ability to change their perception of the past that made them able to forget the bad times, like slavery and injustice. However, to the Egyptians credit, they gave them a choice on what to eat!

I am amused by people’s perception of the past. We don’t know the future, we haven’t figured out the present, but the past, well, we can change the past in our minds till it suits us just fine. The Israelites were looking into the past and had a higher view of how the world treated them than how God delivered them. I don’t believe that the Israelites are alone in this shortcoming. I see people talk about their past before they believed in Christ with a gleam in their eyes, and then say they had to quit all the fun stuff to follow Him. Fun stuff? Slavery to sin is fun? I don’t think so.

I believe we should be honest with our past, good or bad. We should be grateful for our past, because God has allowed us to live through the past to the present. The Israelites were allowing their perception of the past to affect their relationship with God and others during the present. The way they figured it, they were better off without God than with Him. They believed the world treated them better than God did. They were wrong.

Make sure that your perception of the past hasn’t messed up your relationship with God or others in the present. Honor God in the present, and before you know it the present will become the past and you will be able to look back and say with all honesty, “It is good to serve the Lord!”

Remember that life is more than wondering what is for supper! Think about it!

Have Us E-mail You The Latest News
Click Here

Your #1 Local Source for News, Sports, Opinion, Obituaries, Religion, Classifieds, Events, Photos, Community, Coupons, and more!

Serving Lincoln, Catawba, Gaston and Cleveland counties including the areas of Lincolnton, Denver, Maiden, Stanley, Alexis, Vale, Crouse, Iron Station, High Shoals and Cherryville.

Not a newspaper, not a magazine, we’re online – on your computer at home or work, on your smartphone… with news and more 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year including holidays.

To Make Sure You Always
Get The Latest Updates,
If You Haven’t Already:

Like Our Facebook Page and
Click On SEE FIRST at

Also Follow Us On Twitter 

1 - Erie Insurance 500

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

North Carolina News


HomeNewsState NewsReligionOpinionSportsObituariesExtrasCommunityClassifiedsSubmitLife

Terms and Use | Merchant Directory | Dining Guide
Site Design and Content
Copyright Lincoln Herald, LLC 2011-2019


Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved