Complain.

Numbers 11:1

Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp.

Life has been beating these people down. At least the last three days. They were on a journey with Moses and had likely been tired and discouraged. They were hoping to have reached the Promise Land by now. They were losing hope in their leader, Moses. So they began to complain.

Has life ever gotten so tough to where you start complaining? I’m sure it has. We always had speakers come in to motivate our baseball team. None more than Dr. Kevin Elko. He is a motivational speaker who has worked with NFL teams, MLB players, and even the powerhouse Alabama football team. Here he was, talking to Louisville baseball.

His talks always leave you wanting to run through a brick wall. When he talked about complaining is when he caught my ear. I never knew I complained, but I do! Everyone does. He showed us that when you complain you remain. You are restricted from growing or feeling better. You just become more negative. I think this is why God had an issue with the people following Moses.

I am not sure if Jesus ever complained. I can’t imagine He did, but I truly don’t know. I feel like He doesn’t want this for us. It’s going to happen and I do it as much as anyone, but it dampers your heart and slows your growth. Complaining holds you back from your potential. Find areas you complain and begin to complain less.

What do I complain about?

Is it really worth complaining over?

Dear Lord, thank you for your love. Forgive us for our complaints against you, others, and even ourselves. We pray you protect our hearts and minds as we go throughout today. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

3 Comments

  1. “When you complain you remain”. I really like that. I’ll be sure to remember that. Job complained, especially after all of the trials he went through. Job 23:2 says, “Even today I will complain stubbornly;My strength is exhausted because of my sighing.” But this scripture supports what you’ve mentioned. We sap our strength when we sigh and complain instead of working towards a solution. Thanks for this!

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