They Soon Forgot His Works

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Reading the Word

Psalm 106:13–18 (ESV)

13 But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel. 14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; 15 he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them. 16 When men in the camp were jealous of Moses and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord, 17 the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. 18 Fire also broke out in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Even after all God did for the Israelites in delivering them from Egypt, “they soon forgot his works”. They complained about the food and the leadership and longed to return to their former lives of slavery. As a result, God sent them the food they desired and punished them for their sinful attitudes.

These words are a warning for us because the people of Israel are a reflection of the human heart. God does great and wonderful things for us, but we quickly forget and desire more and more. At the same time, we grumble and complain in our hearts wanting our never-ending appetites to be satisfied. Let us learn from the words of this psalm to be thankful and content with the good things God has done. And may we replace our desires for more with praise and thanksgiving to the One who causes his grace towards us to overflow.

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