The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

Murmuring and Complaining

Thursday, October 10, 2019

“[The people] complained against Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘It would have been better to die in Egypt or even here in the wilderness!  Why is the Lord taking us into that land?’” (Numbers 14:2-3 GNT

When God’s people lose their faith, bad things happen:  panic attacks, self-pity, feelings of doom, and murmuring and complaining.  Fear filled the Israelites who thought that God had brought them out of Egypt only to let them fall in a hole.  They quickly forgot the miracles God had wrought on their behalf, as well as the promises he had given them for their future; and they began to rail against their leaders and against God himself.

Likewise, when we throw tantrums and complain and murmur as the Israelites did, it’s because we’ve lost our faith.  God is saying, “Haven’t I brought you through so much?  And am I going to let you go now?”  People who lose their faith blame those around them:  their parents, their pastor, and their government leaders.  But it all points to the fact that their faith has been greatly diminished.

When we have a big faith, we can see God do mighty things, but it is not so when our faith has waned.  Let’s not reduce God to our little faith, for little faith results in little prayers.  “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29 KJV).

Read Numbers 14:1-23.

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