Humans can’t really understand how God can do it. When I hear someone complaining, I don’t want to reward it, I tend towards a punitive reaction.
There is a situation noted in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus where the Exodonians are complaining to Moses about their conditions. Antithetically speaking their complaining doesn’t repel Father it attracted Him. Father’s compassionate heart towards His people brought about His Presence with them.
The incident in question here highlights the miracle of the “What is it?” and the quail. Manna would appear 6 of 7 mornings and quail landed in the evening. So much quail, one verse says it was coming out their noses. Wow!
The Children of Israel had a faithful, loving, and kind Heavenly Father who cared so much that even in their complaining He took care of them. This is not a formula I typically prescribe. Thankfulness attracts presence better than complaining. Let’s err on the side of gratitude to experience Father’s present daily work in our lives. I don’t know of many situations where complaining does this, however, this Exodus 16 story does state otherwise. What an amazing God we know and serve. I want to be more like Him.
“Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel, ”This evening you will know that it is God who brought you out of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the Glory of God. Yes, he listens to your complaints against him.” (Message)
‘Better is one day in your courts, than a thousand elsewhere.’ Ps.84
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I wonder if the debates about music in church will ever end. But I guess as long as there are people who go to church who each have an opinion, there are going to be that many more debates.
There are some who argue that music before preaching is unnecessary. There are all sorts of reasons why it isn’t pertinent. My friend Zac Hicks is worship leader at a church in Denver. He has written an excellent article on this subject. If you are settled on this subject, don’t bother reading. If you need encouragement that all parts of the Sunday morning Order of Service are relevant, then go here and see if he can change your mind.
I am late today in getting my reading done. Wow. What a story!
“Complaining and Grumbling”- The Steady Diet of Humanity
I am not sure that I have notice the words complaining and grumbling so many times in this section of scripture before. It seems that in each and every case, those who do so think they have justification for their words, when in reality, do not. Father takes this action very seriously. Whether it was against him or the leadership in place, it is not well received. To us, complaining and grumbling seem innocuous. In reality, complaining and grumbling are the same as slander and murder. Boy do I want to be careful regarding how I speak against those in leadership over me.
To think that in this section we see lots of interesting things. Moses arguing with Father. This is the first time this shows up. I wonder if the habit the Israelites had wore on him? We also see the signs of the first church split. The first stoning. Joshua worried about gifts manifesting outside the Tent of Meeting. Just ten men able to pollute the remaining folks in the crowd that going the route of the sea is a bad thing. It doesn’t take much for a cancer to spread does it? Speaking life-giving encouragement does take effort. I wonder if the percentage of 10 of 12 holds true in our culture today? That means that only 17% of people use gracious words? I don’t know, but I want to be part of the 17%!
Good Evening Saints!!~~
I pray for you daily as we push into relevant life with Father.
Paul’s life is a beautiful example of focusing on others ALL the time. As he wrote his letter to the church at Philippi, he was chained up in prison, far away from every possible comfort. While he had many prime opportunities to write and complain about the conditions of his jail cell, or the disgusting food that was occasionally thrown to him, or the fresh collection of bruises from his guards, he chose instead to encourage his readers – reminding them to put everyone else before themselves. His perspective is a rare and very valuable one.
-When we are feeling imprisoned by whatever life has handed us, how often do we choose to encourage those around us, instead of venting and complaining about our own situation? How do we show that the needs of those around us are more important than our own?
-Pray that God would give you a new perspective on your surroundings – and that you would begin choosing to put your friends and family before yourself.