“We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. But now our appetite is gone; there’s nothing to look at but this manna!’
– Numbers 11:5-6
As sports fans we can be fickle! We love our teams and if we are fortunate enough to support a team that wins on a regular basis, we can become a little spoiled. It’s not enough that our team win, they must win convincingly. Sports just don’t work that way. People play the games and people are not predictable. Sometimes bad bounces or unexpected errors occur at inopportune times. Teams can take an opponent lightly and not prepare well. Injuries can throw off a team’s timing and chemistry. On paper, one team may look superior to another, but sports are not played on paper. When games are played and our team doesn’t dominate like we expect, we can get frustrated and even angry. Our team is winning, but we’re not satisfied! We want more.
Moses knew all about a fickle fan base! At every turn God had provided for the Israelites. He had parted the Red Sea and provided His people with an escape route from Egypt and Pharaoh. God gave them water and quail in the desert. For forty years, the Israelites stayed alive because God provided manna to sustain them. God gave them everything they needed, they were a winning team, yet they continued to complain. They were winning the battle, but they wanted more! When we become spoiled as sports fans or in our spiritual life, we need to take a time out. We need to step back and realize all the blessings we have received and give thanks. We need to ask God to take away our selfishness and replace it with praise for all He has done for us.
Heavenly Father, You are the great Provider. Every good thing comes from You. Remove the selfishness from my heart today and replace it with thanksgiving. Amen.