Numbers 20:1-5 (NLT)
1 In the first month of the year, the whole community of Israel arrived in the wilderness of Zin and camped at Kadesh. While they were there, Miriam died and was buried. 2 There was no water for the people to drink at that place, so they rebelled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The people blamed Moses and said, “If only we had died in the Lord’s presence with our brothers! 4 Why have you brought the congregation of the Lord’s people into this wilderness to die, along with all our livestock? 5 Why did you make us leave Egypt and bring us here to this terrible place? This land has no grain, no figs, no grapes, no pomegranates, and no water to drink!”

In these verses we find the sister of Moses has died. The people were not far off from where they started when they began their journey 38 years prior. They had watched God supply water when there was no water, and they had water when it was available in the land. Now they were complaining, asking why they left Egypt where they had been in slavery in order to be in a place where they feared what was going to happen to them. They had already forgotten the hardships they had endured in Egypt and now they were looking for someone to complain to.

When we endure hardships in life it is so easy to want to blame someone. Instead of looking to God for answers we complain about our situation. For 38 years God had watched over the people of Israel and taken care of them. Yet they continued to forget what God had done for them. We all have a nature to desire and want from this world; but we must learn that wherever we are there will be hardships and times that life is inconvenient. Even in our lives today we sometimes find the inconvenience of not having enough water to do all the things we want. But usually we have enough to take care of the things that are important. Thank God for His mercy and gifts in our lives. Praise Him for meeting our needs and reminding us of His mercy when He meets those needs in our desperation.