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:
- 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?
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.