COMPLAINING PROLONGS MISERY
COMPLAINING PROLONGS MISERY
In Exodus chapter 14 the children of Israel were grumbling and complaining because things got hard. They wanted to go back to Egypt and stay in captivity because it was familiar and because they feared the unknown that lay ahead. Grumbling and complaining slows down our delivery and blessings. It took the children of Israel 40 years to make an 11 day journey.
However, it goes on to say in Exodus 14:14 that the Lord fought for His people. God called Moses and He told Moses to speak to the children of Israel and tell them to keep moving forward. Only because Moses agreed was Moses blessed to be so instrumental in rescue and delivery of God’s plan to free His people.
Keep in mind that when God instructs us through His Word or specifies us for a particular task that it is for our sake. It is so that we may be blessed. If God chooses us, it is not because He can’t complete His plan without us. It is so that in doing what He has called us to do that we may partake of the blessing to come. If Moses had refused to follow God’s instructions then he would have missed out on the blessing. However; God would still have rescued the children of Israel through someone else.
When things become difficult in life it does not mean that God is not there, urging you on, encouraging you, and leading you forward. But it is a time to be more faith focused. Remember, faith is believing God for what is needed even if you can’t see the possibility of it coming to pass. It is a time to draw your strength and your courage directly from the source; God is the only source.
It is good to praises God for His love and His mercy. Exodus 15 recorded the words to the song that Moses and the children of Israel sang unto the Lord after their rescue from Egypt.
Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth the people which Thou hast redeemed:
Thou hast guided them in Thy strength unto Thy holy habitation.
Exodus 15:13 KJV
Moses and the children of Israel sang this song of praise after they had been freed. But I wonder if they would have had less to complain about had they sang praises while in the midst of their troubles.
If we are in the midst of circumstance that seem overwhelming, hopeless, or unbearable – remember that God is right there to help strengthen us. If we are deluged with a sudden flood of doubt, recognize that it is a spiritual attack from satan. The fastest way to send the devil packing is to continue to speak God’s promises and trample over the messages of defeat that satan is flooding your mind with; crush him under your heel.
Praise God, thank Him every day for everything. Thank Him for His strength, for His protection, for Him defeating your enemies. Exodus 14:14 tell us, “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Praise God for everything, no matter how minuscule or unbelievably grand your everything happens to be.
God tell us in Jeremiah 29:11 that His thoughts toward us are thoughts of peace and not evil. God is good. If we focus on the goodness of God, His love for us, and His mercy, and His grace toward us – it will strengthen us. Recall His goodness and know it opens our spiritual eyes and strengthens our faith. It reminds us that God will lead us through this thing too.
God takes our grumbling disbelief seriously. In Luke 1: 18-20 we find that the angel Gabriel silenced Zacharias due to his unbelief. Also, in Joshua 6:10 Joshua instructs the children of Israel, who finally stood up to take Jericho, not speak a word or make any noise with their voice as they walked around the city of Jericho, until instructed to do so.
Be obedient to God’s Word, listen to His instructions, stand on His promises and live a blessed life. I don’t have 40 years or my eternity to waste……
GOD LOVES YOU!!!
13, And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14, The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
15, And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Exodus 14:13-15 KJV
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed:
thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
Exodus 15:13 KJV
11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. Jeremiah 29:11-14 KJV
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.
Joshua 6:10 AKJV