Yearnings can draw us back in our mind to other times. They take our focus off the now. They can dictate to our heart and negatively affect our attitude and behavior.
Did you ever wish that things where back in the good ole days? The children of Israel did. Numbers 11 is the account. Verse 5 says, “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.”
Notice what they yearned for. It was a variety of foods that they used to eat. Why? Verse 6 says, “But now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes.”
The manna was the Lord’s special provision for them. It sustained them day by day, but they loathed it. They totally forgot the hardships they endured in Egypt.
Let me take you back. Exodus 2:23 says, “…Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.”
Numbers 11:1 says, “Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.”
To allow our minds to go back and yearn for something we used to have is futile activity that will bring emotional fatigue. The serious part of yearnings is the discontentment it causes. With discontentment comes complaining which displeases the Lord.
Do you see the set up? When we are tempted to yearn for something we cannot have, it is a set up by satan to pull us off course. It desensitizes our ability to see what the Holy Spirit is doing around us, and dulls our hearing. This pattern is clearly seen in the book of Jeremiah. Let us choose to accept our now and look for opportunities to reach out to others in their need.