The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (Numbers 11: 4-6 NLT)
Yesterday, I started a discussion based on three principal points. Today, the second point I will focus on is,
Scarcity of planet’s resources
Part of what I learnt throughout my career year is that “the sky is wide to occupy everybody.” I agree we will all have enough space to grab up there in the sky. Nonetheless, my understanding is that, we are not some kind of ‘super-heroes’ capable of flying. We are not hooked up to the vault of heaven at any desirable moment. Flying human beings are figment of children’s storybooks.
God entrusted the earth to us for nourishment, productivity and settlement. Exhaustion befalls once the globe lacks necessary nutrients. Imagine when a fresh plant is not having adequate water; it will die. Imagine when cooking a cup of rice without water in it; it will burn and soon the entire heated pot might explode!
For the sake of brevity I will just talk about the people of Israel in the days of Moses and then I will concentrate on water. What draws to our minds when people we rescued from difficult situations appear unappreciative? Perhaps we say they were better off still stuck in their problems. Nevertheless,, it is vital to realize that we must be ceaseless in assisting others regardless of their post-responses. After all, I don’t think our Lord Jesus Christ expected something in return for raising the dead. Or for healing the sick and broken-hearted, and blessing the poor.
Now, I urge us to get back to the Israelites. These were the ones expected to be grateful for their deliverance from extreme slavery. Sad to know that they were the ultimate professionals in the nagging industry. In our times, many say women are exceptional in nagging, which to me is inaccurate. Anyone who shrinks women to the position of berating should go back and check out the story of the Israelites in the book of Numbers. We cannot beat them to it! They complained non-stop to Moses to save them from countless circumstances. Moses not only became their spiritual leader. He was kind of their father, mother, uncle, husband, brother and boyfriend. Moses was there! And that cost him his life! Oh yes, Moses died before entering Canaan. In his hot temper, he disobeyed God’s instruction. We can associate with that, too. Our children had provoked us to beyond the point of reasoning and we had hit them, or said unpleasant words to them.
Back again to Moses and his sheep. At least, he was the shepherd and the Israelites were his sheep. There are a number of interpretations to this verse in the book of Numbers. I could be put to various levels of dissatisfaction, which are extraneous to food and water.
How could they be not pleased with their Manna? Do we agree that their spirits of gluttony outweighed their spiritual fellowship with Jehovah? They persisted with their request for meat to the point that Moses fled to God. Well…as usual the Lord answered them. Oh yes, they got the meat they craved. But not without a price. Please do read Numbers 11: 31-34.
Contentment eliminates the high-speed route to destruction. Let me get back to my childhood. When starvation season hit our family, my mother would stay around to ensure that we don’t go to the neighbours to beg for food. We do not dare disobey her. Am I beholden for her exceptional parental training? Yes.
Here, and at this point in our lives, there is no doubt of the existing reality of man-made natural catastrophes. Little by little, the earth is desiccating. The world is battling the reduction of fresh water supply. They never stop bombarding us with conferences and workshops on water issues. Duty bearers and NGOs are holding a conference starting today on water and sustainable development.
The question is, “who is responsible?”
The answer is, “Everyone of us”
Governments have their obligations, but as individuals we have our parts. Do we leave the tap running while we brush our teeth? Do we operate our washing machine three or four times per week instead of once a week? Do we run our taps non-stop as we wash up our plates? Everyday do we spend more than ten to twenty minutes under the shower? Do we have to maintain our swimming pool when we don’t use it? Are they important than the preservation of water? In fact, do we need it in the first place or do we just instal it to show off our wealth? Are we conscious of global water scarcity?
None of us can tell the sufferings of those people in dehydrated countries unless we experience them, too. Women and children trek for hours to collect water. Sometimes they return home with dirty water. Oftentimes some of them fall prey to sexual perpetrators who attack them on the road.
I urge us to teach our loved ones to uphold the spirit of contentment and preservation. We must safeguard our planet. We have no option unless we want to prove to our Jehovah that we are ingrates.