READ: Numbers 11: 4-15



"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  Matthew 11: 28-30. (NRSV)




               How many times have we like Moses addressed the Lord with the plaint, “Why are you doing this to me?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” Seldom looking beyond the immediate situation for the Source of help.


          Although the provocation for Moses was great, note the number times Moses used “I” or “Me” in addressing his frustrations to the Lord. Does the emphasis on his burden reflect some of our own petitions?   If we made a recording of our prayers for a week, how many times would we hear the words: “I want”;    “I need”; “Help ME”?


           One writer suggests that we have created a vending machine Jesus.  We drop our “coin” in the slot, tell the machine what we want, and fully expect it to pop out.  And if it doesn’t, then we get angry, hit the machine, shake it back and forth, then stomp off vowing to never use that machine again?  Is this sometimes true of us?