Our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes! —Numbers 11:6
Many of our recurring complaints focus not on what we don’t have, but on what we do have and find uninteresting. Whether it’s our work, our church, our house, or our spouse, boredom grumbles that it’s not what we want or need. This frustration with sameness has been true of the human spirit since the beginning.
Notice the protest of God’s people about their menu in the wilderness. Recalling the variety of food they ate as slaves in Egypt, they despised the monotony of God’s current provision: “Our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” (Numbers 11:6).
God provided exactly what they needed each day, but they wanted something more exciting. Are we tempted to do the same? Oswald Chambers said: “Drudgery is the touchstone of character. There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God.”
During the boring times of life, God is working to instill His character in us. Drudgery is our opportunity to experience the presence of the Lord.
David C. McCasland
Steadfast, then, in our endeavor,
Heavenly Father, may we be;
And forever, and forever,
We will give the praise to Thee.
Blessing is found along the pathway of duty.