Then the Egyptians who had come with them began to long for the good things of Egypt. This added to the discontent of the people of Israel and they wept, “Oh, for a few bites of meat! Numbers 11:4 TLB
Have you ever seen children acting out and shook you head? Then you took a closer look and you were horrified to realize that you know one of those youngsters! It’s very disappointing for parents to get those kinds of calls from the classroom teacher because their child was behaving out of character and was acting out at school. Upon closer investigation you found that your child had made new friends who were influencing their behavior.
Unfortunately, that behavior is not just limited to children; adults behave like that too. This verse talks about the influence of some Egyptians who were in their camp. Now just like your child, these people knew the teachings and the standards set by God but they influenced by others. Now these Egyptians had some experiences with God. When the plague of the first born devastated Egypt, they probably covered their doors with blood so the angel could Passover them. They were with them when they were at the Red Sea and experienced the greatness of God.
Yet, here they are complaining about the provision that God provided for His people; provisions that benefited them. The people of Israel forgot who they were; they forgot the promises God made to their forefathers; they couldn’t even recall crossing the Red Sea and so they began to long for things that they left behind when God delivered them from slavery. Their association with these Egyptians changed their value system because they began to see God through the eyes of the Egyptians.
Sometimes, we associate with people who don’t share our values and we allow our connection to them to influence our relationship with God. As people of faith, we need to protect and guard our relationship with God. If your friends are encouraging you to comprise your relationship with the Father then you need to let them go. You are responsible for your relationship with God. The people of Israel paid dearly for their actions. Learn to identify the Egyptians in your camp and do not allow them to cause to sin against God.
Thought for Today: Friend, choose your friends carefully.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.