We have a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier from our home. When we first bought our house five years ago, I would literally stop what I was doing to admire the view. Seeing the beauty of God’s creation left me in awe of my Lord and His workmanship.
After about a year of living in our home, a friend came over and was taken away by our view of the mountain. She said, “wow! You must stare out of your window all day long!” I responded with, “I used to, but not so much anymore. I guess I got used to it.” It was then that the Holy Spirit convicted me of my ungrateful heart. Oh how easily we get used to the goodness of the Lord! How quickly we grow accustomed to His mercy and grace. How soon we take for granted that for which we once longed and prayed.
I know it was just a view, but it still exposed the ungratefulness that lies deep in my heart. It exposed that I eventually take things for granted. And don’t we all? The thoughtful gestures your husband used to do that brightened your day, you now always expect from him. The job you prayed for that now allows you to provide for yourself and your family, you now complain about. The home you viewed as a blessing from the Lord, you now say isn’t good enough.
We often take for granted people and things, but don’t we also do that to our Savior? Is the presence of the Lord enough for you, or do you expect more from Him who has saved you from eternal hell? If you are a born again Christian, then you are no longer a slave to your flesh and have the power of grace to resist temptation and flee from sin. Is that gift enough for you? Or does your heart demand more from God?
God did marvelous things for the children of Israel, yet they sinned against Him even more and tested God by asking for the food of their fancy (Exodus 16). Are we not the same? Do you remember what God saved you from? Think of the person you were before you accepted Christ as your Savior and His perfect, precious, and powerful blood cleansed you of your filth. What worldly stronghold had its wicked grip on you? Is your heart still full of the awe and gratitude you had when God first delivered you out of Egypt?
“Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea and caused them to pass through…He split the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink in abundance like the depths…But they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy…Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious.” Psalm 78:12-13, 15, 21 NKJV
In this Scripture, the Psalmist recorded how the Lord miraculously and mercifully provide for the Israelites while they wandered through the desert for 40 years. He provide water for them from rocks (Exodus 17 and Numbers 20), and He provided manna to eat that dropped from the sky (Exodus 16:1-36, and Numbers 11:1-9). The Lord also protected the Israelites clothes and sandals from wearing out (Deuteronomy 29:5).
Yet, they still grew tired of the Lord’s miraculous provision and took for granted His mercy and grace. They wanted something better than manna. Deliverance from Egypt wasn’t enough for them. Salvation from bondage did not suffice. They were not satisfied with the Lord’s provision. Are you? Examine the desires of your heart. Do you cry out for quail when you have an abundance of manna? Have you gotten used to your view?