Lanita Perez 

"The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me,in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?" Numbers 14:11

Complaining and grumbling is never a good thing, even when you feel it’s justified. The affects and effects of complaining are the same; all involved feel worse and the situation worsens. There may be much in life to be dissatisfied with, but there is much more to be thankful for. The Israelites complained and grumbled about being oppressed and enslaved in Egypt, yet God heard the cries of His people and saved them. God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt after battling the Egyptians with plagues and the amazing works of His mighty hand. God parted the Red Sea and allowed them to escape Pharaoh’s army on dry ground. Moses’ sister Miriam led the women in praises to God as she sang and danced honoring what God had done for them. Then as soon as things settled down the people began to complain and grumble about being in the desert, not having anything to drink or eat and how they were better off in Egypt. Moses cried out to the Lord and God provided for the people and the process repeated itself over and over again.

Moses and Aaron consistently interceded for the people by crying out to God and falling face down on the ground. God appeared in the cloud showing His presence at the tent of meeting and Moses pleaded with God not to destroy the people. The Israelites showed contempt towards God by complaining and grumbling when He had provided everything they needed. God had taken care of their needs and could foresee any needs that were coming and He provided for those also.

Often it’s believed that if our plans are going well we should thank God because He’s in it. When our plans are not going well we tend to complain to anyone who will listen, forgetting that God is present in these times too. When we complain we are not trusting God or exercising faith in Him. If God has provided for our needs in the past He will provide for our needs in the future.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” Isaiah 55:8

My husband has been very sick for 5 months. He has not been able to work or help much at home. I’m sure that if I try hard enough I could think of plenty of things to complain about, but all I can think of is how thankful I am. No matter how tough life gets it can get tougher, yet God is our help and provider. Instead of focusing on my husband’s illness we both found things to laugh about. Even in the hospital when he didn’t feel like smiling sometimes he smiled anyway. I learned how to be thankful for the small things and contentment wasn’t far away when I practiced thankfulness.

Remember complaining and grumbling shows contempt towards God. How about focusing on how God is providing and blessing you or what He has done in the past. Complaining spreads more complaining, but thankfulness encourages others to be thankful too.

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