Numbers 11:1  And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. 


What a passage of Scripture! If I were preaching this passage I would see a very simple outline that I am sure that you recognize immediately.


The people complained


It displeased the Lord


His anger was kindled


And many of them died


The story is that God in all of His greatness had brought the nation Israel out of Egypt and slavery. He had destroyed their enemies, brought them across the Red Sea, given them water to drink in the desert, food-Manna from Heaven and met all their needs. 


After all that God had done His people were not content with His provisions and began to complain. They remembered their past life through rose colored glasses and missed what they used to have.


Everyone was after Moses to meet their needs and wants. Moses was tired of their grumbling and complaining.


God got angry and death came to the camp. 


Where was the joy of being delivered, having their needs met, freedom, and all that God had done! Their joy was swallowed up in complaining.


That brings us to today and our lives.  How much do we complain? Have you considered all that God has done in our lives?


He saved us from our sins and certain deserved destruction. He has given us eternal life, the Word of God, prayer, the abundant life. He has answered our prayers and met our needs.


What do we do with this, we complain! We grumble! We are not satisfied.


We have the same problem that Israel had, we simply are not content with what God is doing in our lives. If you look back up at the outline I think you will realize that the complaining displeased the Lord and made Him angry. The complaining leads to destruction and death.


That brings us to an application for today. We need to ask ourselves how guilty we are of complaining? Are we content with God’s will in our lives today?


I know that I really struggle with this. I am always wanting something else. I am always wanting more. I ask, Why doesn’t God do this or that for me?


Do you have these same struggles?  What could you do today that might help with this problem, this sin?


Could we say thank you to the Lord and others for what God is doing in our lives? Could we practice gratitude?


I am often a complainer. Today I want to change that! I want to be thankful and content with the good that God is doing in my life.

2 thoughts on “Complaining”

  1. I have to say, if I’m not careful, I will catch myself complaining too. Then I realize that when I complain all I am doing is saying to God, “You’re not fair, you don’t know what’s best.” I then remind myself that God killed more people in the OT for complaining than for any other reason and I thank God that He doesn’t deal with complaining the same way today.

    For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
    (Psa 84:11)

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