“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!”
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.”
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)