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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. Numbers 11:1 (NKJV)

Have you every had anyone tell you how lucky you have it?  Have you ever had someone older tell you about how they walked 20-miles a day in snow to go to school or some story like that?  Can you remember you mother or father telling you, “Stop complaining, and be thankful for what you have”  when you were making a fuss about something you didn’t like? 

Truth be told, we can all be tempted to complain about something.  I am sure most of us can, or will, justify our complaining by pointing to the flaws of those people or things we are complaining about.  But is this what God wants for us?  I don’t think so.  

In the book of Numbers we see the Israelites complaining about the provisions God was giving to them. 

Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” Numbers 11:4-6 (NKJV)

These people were focusing on what they didn’t have and gave no praise for the things they did possess.  God had freed them from slavery, He had made them a new nation, and He was giving them a new land to possess.  And still they chose to look back at what they had in Egypt while in slavery.  Had they really forgotten the feeling of the whips on their backs?

We can read this story and think to ourselves, “these people were ungrateful and foolish to be complaining.”  But if we do so, we must be honest and ask ourselves this question, “Are we any different than the Israelites when it comes to complaining?”

As Christian men and women, we too, have been freed from the bondage of slavery — the slavery to sin. God has provided greatly for us through our journey over the years, and yet many people are bitterly complaining about what they don’t have and pointing to the good old days back when there was plenty.  

Ultimately, we become tempted to be dissatisfied with what we have and so we desire something more.  We begin to place our focus on the things we want and can become disgruntled about not having them. When this happens, we soon begin speaking forth the negative things deep within our heart, instead of being thankful for what we have been given and praising God for His abundant provision.

I want to encourage you today to praise God for what He has given you.  If you find yourself overwhelmed, go to Him and ask for Him to lighten your burden. God cares about you so much and will always do what is best for you.  Don’t look to the past and complain about what you no longer have.  Instead, choose to look to the Lord and the future He is preparing for you, and choose to be thankful for His provision of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can you learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to complaining to others about what you don’t have?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to speak positively to others by giving praise to God for everything He has done for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make a list of the things God has provided and has done for you.  Spend some time each day, thanking and praising Him for these things.  

PRAY FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for forgiving me from my sin. Thank You for making Jesus a propitiation for my transgressions. Thank You for all provision in my life.  And Thank You for my health and every physical ability I have.  Help me to continue to see these great gifts each day Lord and to give you all praise and glory.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


May the Lord bless your day abundantly, Scott






Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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