WHINE …OR WINE?
Does your life produce a WHINE instead of the WINE?
Oswald Chambers asks this question in My Utmost for His Highest. Burdens squeeze the grapes in our lives that are meant to produce WINE. Yet many times trials result in a different kind of WHINE. God wants us to sing His praise no matter what our circumstances.
It’s easy to have a song on the deliverance side of our own Red Seas. After the victory is sure and we can breathe easier, the song comes easily. The challenge comes before the trial. Will we trust or will we whine?
Can you imagine God’s joy if Israel had sung His praise before they got to the Red Sea? They had been delivered from the plagues of Egypt. God led them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They had witnessed the miraculous. Surely they knew nothing was impossible with God. But they chose to WHINE instead of remembering what God had done for them and allowing the trial of their faith to produce true WINE.
Most of us think we’d never doubt God again if waters parted before our eyes, but it took only three days for Israel to forget. God parted water but they didn’t believe He could provide water. They failed to remember what the hand of the Lord had done for them in the past and believe what He was able to do in the future. What a challenge for us today!
One of our participants reminded me of a lyric to an old hymn,”Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I’ve come.” We read in 1 Samuel 7:12 that after the Lord defeated Israel’s enemies, Samuel set up a stone of remembrance, naming it “Ebenezer,” which means “stone of help.” This commemorated victory over their enemy, the Philistines. As we go through these verses this week, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us set up our own Ebenezer so we do not whine.
Read each week’s passage in two or more versions of the Bible. You might try to download an app from Bible Gateway to bring up three different versions on the screen at one time. It’s a great study tool to give us more insight into the scriptures.
Read Psalm 78:17-20
1. How is Israel’s sin against God described here? What specifically did they say against God in verse 19?
Read Psalm 23:5
2. What does the Lord say about a table here?
Read Psalm 78:21-22
3. What was the specific reason God was angry with Israel?
Read Psalm 78:23-27
4. Describe God’s mercy from these verses.
Read Psalm 78:56-57
5. How did Israel respond to all God had done for them? What is our response to current life circumstances?
Let’s take the challenge of this week’s study by looking back at Psalm 103:2 which says, FORGET NOT ONE OF HIS BENEFITS! Let’s agree to establish some stones of remembrance in the process. God bless you as you study His Word this week.