Grumbling and Complaining
Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 14-16; Acts 2
Today’s Key Passage – Exodus 16:1-15
Before we get into today’s verse, I would like to take a second for a brief recap of what we have read about in the last few days. The Israelites spent 430 in Egypt praying for God to take them out of Egypt and back to the land of milk and honey. God rained down ten different plagues on the Egyptians to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and while the plagues affected the Egyptians in numerous ways, the Israelites were completely unharmed. When the last of the ten plagues killed the firstborn of all the Egyptian people, Pharaoh finally agreed to let the Israelites leave Egypt. God sent a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, and He was actively leading them during their entire journey thus far. After they had left, Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his army to attack the Israelites to bring them back to Egypt, but God placed the pillar of cloud between the Egyptians and the Israelites so that the Israelites would not be attacked. Then God parted the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to cross on dry land, but then made the sea come back together to destroy the Egyptian army. After all of this, the Israelites sang a quick song of praise to God, and then immediately started complaining because they were hungry. Is it just me, or does that just seem crazy?
It is easy for us to look back, of course, at the Israelites and see how foolish they were to complain about being hungry after God had done so much for them. Sadly, though, most of us have done the same thing. Each of us has been blessed by God in innumerable ways, yet how quick are we to complain when things do not go our way or when trouble finds us? When was the last time you complained about something? Maybe it was when you got home after picking up dinner and found that they got your order wrong. Maybe it was when you did not get the job you wanted or did not make the sale you wanted. Maybe it was something completely different. The point, though, is that we can spend a lot of time and energy complaining about the things that go wrong, and what does it get us? Usually our complaints make us feel miserable for a time until we eventually get over it and move on. What if instead of going through this cycle, each time something goes wrong and we feel like complaining we stopped and thanked God for all the things He HAS done for us. When the Israelites complained, Moses and Aaron explained that they were not grumbling against them, they were grumbling against God. When we complain, we are doing the same thing. Try to keep this in mind the next time the urge to complain comes up, and remember to praise God for His blessings instead.
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Posted on January 26, 2014, in 02 - Exodus and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Blessings, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Perseverance, Questioning God, Religion, Waiting, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.