Text: Exodus 17:1-3
So once more the people complained against Moses. “Give us water to drink!” they demanded. “Quiet!” Moses replied. “Why are you complaining against me? And why are you testing the Lord?” But tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”
I not trying to play the “I have not complained before” game. There are times in my Christian journey I have asked a lot of questions; questions that I did not expect answers to but to find out if truly God existed. It was not the moment of putting my request before God through prayers, but then trying to speak badly about my current situation.
Before looking at how God dealt with the situation of the people, let me take the time to address this issue of complaining. It speaks to me as much as I know it would speak to you too. With the manna still falling for the people to eat, just a reminder of what God had done for them some few moments ago, the people of Israel still found a reason to complain about their current situation. They now had meat and break, but no water. It did not really matter to them the goodness of God exhibited around them. Their thirst in the present did not even make them see the manna or quails, but Egypt. Their current situation had to be fixed whatever it would cost Moses.
I am tempted to infer that complaining is a habit as also is thanksgiving. If you cannot shift your focus to what God is doing today in your life and be grateful for what He is doing, you cannot also see it tomorrow and the next. Pause for a minute and start counting your blessings, name them and you it will surprise you what God had done. So do everything without complaining (Philippians 2:14).
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