68. Don't complain, be grateful (1)

The Israelites started complaining again, something that they were very good at. First they complained about the hardship they had to bear and God punished them for it as we saw last week. Then they started to complain about the manna that God gave them.

"Oh, for some meat!" They exclaimed. "We remember all the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone, and day after day we have nothing to eat but this manna!" Numbers 11:5, 6

They complained about God's provision, instead of going to Him and asking Him politely for a variation of the manna He provided. Plus they had the audacity to long back to Egypt! Suddenly they remembered all the good things that they had in Egypt and forgot all about the terrible beatings and torture that they had to endure at the hand of Pharaoh. They conveniently forgot all about that and complained about what they had now. They witnessed the miracle of manna every morning when they woke up, but it wasn't good enough anymore. They wanted more.

It was quite shocking for me when I read this, how could they complain so much? But then I realized that I would most probably have done the same. Unfortunately I have to admit it. Have you ever tried to go on a diet of Pronutro and fruit/vegetables for two years? Pronutro has all the vitamins and minerals that you need and combined with fruit/vegetables and water you are good to go! I don't know if I will last a month! Maybe I would if I made a promise to God, or if I am fasting, I would but I don't think I will make a year, never mind two years! We are just as bad as they were and therefore we need to learn the lesson God wants us to learn here. I am convinced that these 'stories' are in the Bible to help us to not to make the same mistakes that they did.

First of all, be grateful for what you have, instead of longing for what you don't have. We all have so much to be grateful for, health, a job, friends, family, food, children etcetera. If you have a car, don't long for a better one, if you have a house, be grateful, if you are healthy, praise the Lord, if you have plenty of friends, cherish them, if you have food, thank God for it, if you have children, don't compare them to other children. Of course we can have dreams and plan towards it, but first be grateful with what you have. And second of all, go to God before you start complaining about things to your loved ones as I discussed last week. Talk the problem over with Him and receive His guidance and help.

But above all remember, don't complain recklessly to your friends and wish for something 'better', you might just get what you ask for and it could have grave consequences like it did for the Israelites. God sent them meat, but He sent a plague along with it.

'So the people went out and caught quail all that day and throughout the night and all the next day too. No one gathered less than fifty bushels! They spread the quail out all over the camp. But while they were still eating the meat, the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and He caused a severe plague to break out among them. So that place was called 'the graves of craving' - because they buried the people there who had craved meat from Egypt.' Numbers 11:32 - 35

Father thank you so very much for all that You have graciously given us! You are bountiful in mercy and grace and we love You so much! Please forgive us if we do complain, we have so much to be grateful for. Thank you Lord. Amen  

3 comments for “68. Don't complain, be grateful (1)”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:52:04 AM

    It is SO true, we complain whilst having all we need. We have to be satisfied with what we have.

  2. Gravatar of AnsieAnsie
    Posted Friday, November 15, 2013 at 3:04:45 PM

    Dankie! Dis goed om weer herinner te word om dankbaar te wees vir die wonder van Sy sorg..en nie na die kleur of geur te verlang.

  3. Gravatar of KarlienKarlien
    Posted Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 12:58:35 PM

    God looks after our needs and not our greeds! How easy it is just to wish for something 'better', may God forgive us for our GREED.. He is bountifull and His grace is sufficient for us!! Geniet vir Ma en Pa, ons verlang al klaar na hulle.. lief vir julle almal hoor! xx

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