Friday, September 14, 2018
The Show Me State
In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. Deuteronomy 1:32
While much of Missouri's state history is tied to the two powerful rivers that flow through the state and form her eastern boundary (The Missouri and The Mississippi), for the last 125 years, Missouri has been known as, “The Show Me State.” It is likely because of the Missourians' reputation and passion for sheer common sense and their desire for action over words that has earned the nickname embossed on their state license plates. The probable source of the nickname is an 1899 speech by U.S. Congressman Willard D. Vandiver, to a group of businessmen in Philadelphia. The Representative said, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton, cockleburs and democrats and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I'm from Missouri. You've got to show me.”
When it came to following God, Moses reminded the nation of Israel that in the past they had failed to trust God who was clearly showing them the way. As a result, they suffered the consequences of their constant complaints and bad decisions. The disobedient generation did not get to experience the benefits of the promised land. There are times in our spiritual lives when we forget that the path to promised land passes through the wilderness. When we ignore the road God has cleared for us, choose to wallow in self-pity, and seek the benefits of short-term cut, we will not experience the full measure of blessing He has in store for us.