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Sunday, February 7, 2016

No Complaining!

"Moses also said, "You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD." (Exodus 16:8)
You can take the people out of Egypt but it is more difficult to get Egypt out of God's people. Though Egypt was slavery, but it was safe slavery; Egypt was purposeless drudgery (making bricks out of straw) but at least it was familiar, predictable. As soon as the last note of the victory songs die down the sighs of complaining fill the void. Returning to Egypt was preferable than following a God you really didn't know, because to those with a mindset of a slave familiarity is better than freedom.

People who either don't know God at all or don't know Him well assume the worst about Him especially when He allows them to go through trouble. Not once do the Israelites thank God for His amazing provision or His abundant protection, but in every difficulty they immediately lift up their voices in complaint. Always they say that God wants to kill them; yet, had they paid the least attention to the plagues, the Red Sea crossing, or even Elim, they would have seen God's protection, God's provision, and God's power on their behalf. Instead they question God's character. So it is today. Either you live in an attitude of gratitude, thanking God for all that He gives, does and is, or you spend your days complaining about our trials and questioning His character.

As Adrian Rogers said, "You are either humbly grateful or grumbly hateful." The better you know Him the more fully you will trust Him. So, then, complaining reveals a lack of trust in God and a warped view of God.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Exodus 16:1-18:27

  • Why does God provide only enough manna for a single day (except on the sixth day)?
  • Describe the people's view of God.
  • What promise does God make regarding the Amalekites?
  • What does Moses' report or testimony do for Jethro's view of God?
  • What does this tell you about your testimony of God's activity in your life?
  • How does God improve Moses' time management skills?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to make you sensitive to when you grumble and complain. Ask Him to reveal areas in your life where you entertain ideas about God which are unworthy of Him.