Grateful or Grumble…

by | Nov 16, 2023

Numbers 11:18,  “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow when you will eat meat.  The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat!  We were better off in Egypt!”  Now the Lord will give you meat and you will eat it.”

The people were complaining because they were tired of eating the Manna that God had provided.  Now, at first glance certainly you can understand that they were tired of eating the same thing day in and day out, not just for a week but for years.  The problem came when they chose to complain.  They didn’t ask Moses to ask God to give them some meat.  The decided to wail and complain about God.  They went so far as to say that they were better off in Egypt where they were abused slaves.  They were acting like a toddler who wanted something and just threw a temper tantrum without ever even asking for it. 

When you are faced with a need whether it is financial, loneliness, heartache, or some other storm in life do you get angry with God or do you take it to Him and trust Him to help you?  We are all guilty of grumbling at some point in our lives, but that should not be our norm.  Grumbling will not get you anywhere.  I know people who have gotten angry with God and have turned their backs on God and I really can’t see how that ever helped their situation.  A lot of times we are in a mess because of decisions we or someone else has made so I am not sure why we blame God for it.  

God wants to hear from you!  He wants you to take every single need and even the desires of your heart to Him.  He wants you to learn to trust Him just like He was trying to get the Israelites to trust Him in the wilderness. There are times God allows those “wilderness” experiences to work in us just like Moses explained to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 8:2, “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” We know that God knows what is in our hearts but we don’t always fully know what is in our hearts until the heat gets turned up in our lives and whatever is in our hearts rolls on out.  Sometimes God has to show us what is in there so we can see areas we need to work on and give to Him.  God loves you and He sees the whole picture and it is satan’s desire to drive a wedge between you so he can have you to himself because his desire is to destroy you.  Don’t allow satan’s lies to come between you and God today.  Stop those thoughts at the door and take those things to God.  Take it all to Him whether it is little or seemingly impossible!  As it says in Numbers 11:23, The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?  Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”  Nothing is difficult for Him!  If you have been angry with God over something ask yourself how that is working for you.  What happened that made you angry and was it a result of a decision you made or that someone else is making?  It’s time to take it to Him and allow Him to heal you and you need to trust that He will do what is best.  Ask Him for the wisdom and resources you need and to forgive your anger.  I haven’t found a verse yet or any example in the Bible that says it is ok to be angry with God, can He handle it ~ absolutely, but it doesn’t say anywhere that it is ok to lash out in anger toward God.  When your children get angry you still should expect them to treat you with respect and we are always to remember that He loves us beyond measure and His grace is beyond what we can understand, but He is a holy God who always deserves our respect!  Having a heart full of gratitude instead of grumbling can make a huge difference in your life and the lives of those around you!

I would like to encourage you today that nothing is too big or too little to take to Him.  He loves you and He wants to walk through life with you.  Trust Him with it all, after all what better choice is there?  He sees and He loves you beyond anything you can imagine!  Remember ~ when you can’t see His hand, trust His heart!

Quote:  “You can’t be a smart cookie if you have a crummy attitude.”  ~ John Maxwell