Are you an Israelite?

“The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
Numbers 11:4-6

If we are not careful we can grip and complain just like the Israelites. What we have to remember is that God is our provider and He wants us to learn to not gripe or complain even when we don’t get what we want, but to be thankful for what we have (even with food).

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”

Phil. 2:14-16

What God showed me is that we can do something spiritual like fasting to draw closer to Him and then gripe or complain about doing it.
We can do ministry and then gripe and complain the whole time we are doing it.
We can be married and gripe and complain about everything that is wrong in our marriage or everything that is wrong with our spouse.
We can want kids and then gripe and complain about them after God blesses us with children.

God wants us to live in the joy of the Lord, all the time, not just when things are going our way.

“Be joyful always.” I Thess. 5:16

It is easy to be joyful when things are going our way – it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to live joyfully when things are not going our way.

So today try to go all day without complaining. Smile more, laugh more, and rejoice in the Lord!

Have a complaining free day (even with the food you get to eat)

  • karen

    Ack…. reading this as my kids smash the frig door into the oven door and I yell, “What was THAT?” Thanks, Martha, for a perfect word, even if it was two seconds too late. 🙂 Now… for the rest of the day 😀

  • Erin

    Great word and so very timely! Thanks!

  • juliemickus

    Thank you for your words of inspiration. I’ve been having a “pity party” for myself the last couple of days. I am reminded to be thankful for all God has done for our family during Mike’s time of unemployment.

  • Jane – The Figs

    may Your praise be continually on my lips, my God, for my plans are not my own, but Your plans!
    thanks, martha!!

  • Kimberly

    Martha, So many times it is hard to remember not to get in the rutt of being self obsorbed and have the woe is me syndrome. Almost a year ago my husband and I was going through a time that I could have been in that state that the Israelites were in, but I gave it to God, to see me through the seperation and to make sense of what was going on, today we are together and I thank God for the affair, and I forgave my husband because God once forgave my sins! It’s by God’s Grace that we over came such a time of tribulation. You and Matt are Awesome, thanks for all you do!

  • Liz Berger

    Great message Martha.
    “Your attitude is your choice, its contagious, do you want people to catch it from you?” That is what I have said to my children from the moment they had “attitudes”. I believe that if you are a smiling upbeat person, people around you catch that and embrace it. Keep smiling!!

  • Cindy Huie

    Thanks for the encouragement…however, my husband and I may continue on. He has lost weight and feels great! Also, God has done a fresh work in each of us and our daughter, too! Our house has been for sale in Alabama for one year…we received a contract this morning! Praise to God..He is worthy of all our praise. 🙂