The people fell to grumbling over their hard life. God heard. When he heard his anger flared; then fire blazed up and burned the outer boundaries of the camp. The people cried out for help to Moses; Moses prayed to God and the fire died down. They named the place Taberah (Blaze) because fire from God had blazed up against them. (Numbers 11:1-3)

The Israelites were allowing the content of their lives, which is composed of situational factors, to affect their context, which is their mindset. When they were slaves in Israel, they begged for freedom, and God gave it, which made them rejoice. However, throughout their journey, they began to complain yet again, because of having to eat only manna.

The Israelites shouldn’t have let their content direct their context. They should have instead been grateful that they were free, and that they had enough to eat. With a grateful mindset, it wouldn’t matter what they were eating –the important thing is that they were.

Like the Israelites, we too must not let circumstantial factors dictate our mindset. We must always try to come from a grateful and hopeful perspective, such that no matter what obstacle may be thrown our way, we will be mentally prepared to make the most of it and deal with it in a positive manner.

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