At the beginning of Numbers 21, the Israelites revealed they had the ability to trust in God’s faithfulness, but they also revealed they were quick to forget that same faithfulness. When the Canaanites fought against the Israelites and took some of their people captive, God gave His people victory. When they bypassed Edom, however, the Israelites became impatient and quickly forgot what God had done for them. They began to complain about lacking food and water and detested what God had been providing. God responded to their sin by sending snakes into their camp to discipline them.
We aren’t much different from the Israelites. We too are quick to forget God’s faithfulness. We too need God’s gift of discipline at times to remind us that if God was willing to provide Jesus to die on the cross to address our greatest need, we can surely trust Him to provide for our daily needs as well (Luke 12:24).
What are some things God has done for you in the past that you can remember today to help you remain faithful in the face of need or temptation?