You remember the Israelites, right? The Lord delivered them from slavery in Egypt, but they kept complaining to Moses and Aaron because they had to live FREE in the wilderness.
These people told Moses they were better off in slavery because at least they had food. Shameful. Just imagine, people were greedy even back then, worshiping food.
They presumptuously complained to Moses and Aaron, “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt…There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death” (Exodus 16:3). Now, everybody knows slaves do not receive an abundance of food, so it is fair to say that the Israelites were deceived.
How many of us have behaved this way after God delivered us from something that was once destroying our lives?
“Lord, bless me with that job.” Then you get the job and dread going to work because you do not like your boss.
“God, bless me with children.” Then He gives you two children and you start crying about those stretch marks on your body.
“Lord, bless me with a wife.” Then you get her and start to get tired of seeing the same woman each day.
When we begin to complain, let us take the time to remember life without those things we currently possess. When you start talking presumptuously to God about your spouse, just remember your single days when someone would sleep with you and dump you soon after.
Remember the days without your beat up car and your struggle of catching or missing the bus. Remember the times when you didn’t even have a passion to serve God, but He took the time to fill you with a fresh anointing.
Let us encourage each other to stop complaining. A FREE life in Jesus is always better than a deceptively “beautiful” life with the devil. Satan always tempts us with ‘seemingly wonderful’ things because he wants our souls.
Praise God for where you are today. Your life is not perfect, but at least you are no longer in bondage. Be faithful to God while you are in the wilderness because your Promise Land is right around the corner. The journey to the promise land takes 11 days, yet it took the Israelites 40 years. Why? Because they disrespected God.
Therefore, humble yourself today because your complaining might have prolonged your journey.
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