But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes – Numbers 11:6
Here were the children of Israel, no longer in bondage, heading to the Promised Land and God was feeding them from heaven…and after a while they begin to complain. Sounds just like us.
Here are couple things God shared with me….as I had my “besides this manna” moment.
First, as humans we have a hard time seeing past our current situation. If something happens it is very hard for us to focus on what is down the road. God, however, sees the present, the future and the past. So all the Israelites could see was “this manna…” instead of looking down the road to the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey.
Secondly, as humans we always complain. We tend to get tired of stuff very easily. If we eat the same thing constantly we complain, always forgetting the people around the world who have nothing to eat at all. If it is not what we want then we make it seem like it is the end of the world. Somebody GIVES you a car free of charge, but you complain because it is older, it does not have a sunroof and the seats are not leather. We complain and are often not grateful.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – I Thessalonians 5:18
Thirdly, and this connects with my second point, we forget that things could be worse. In fact, for somebody else it actually is worse. I was getting off the train heading home and there was a young man that did not look much older than me, but he had something wrong with his leg and walked very slow. There was a man coming through one of the metal detectors in the government building where I was and he was showing the guards all his medical devices used to treat his sickness, and then I saw a homeless man, “ unemployed, need work and food…”
So here I was…complaining about a long commute, but I could walk, I was healthy and I had a job and nice warm house to go home to.
Before you part your lips to even let a complaint come out, remember that God has blessed you and that your current condition is better than you actually think. We all need to work on not complaining, especially when God has been merciful to us and been blessing us in spite of what we have done.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever – I Chronicles 16:34
God Bless and Always Be Encouraged!