Do you ever feel discontentment in life or in relationships? Do you ever find yourself being critical of the people that are closest to you; the ones you love? Do you find yourself murmuring and complaining about the imperfect things around you, in you, and in others? I do!
Recently, due to my own complaining and discontent, the Lord revealed something to me about the manna that God provided for the Israelites while they were in the wilderness for 40 years.
Every day, except the Sabbath, the Israelites would wake up to fresh manna on the ground; miraculous food from heaven.
The manna was God’s daily provision for Israel. It was the same food every day. The same routine every day. The same miracle every day.
At first, Israel was excited about the miraculous food from heaven. Then, over time, they became used to it. They expected it to be there every morning. They began to take it for granted and then complained about it. They no longer appreciated God’s daily provision; His daily miracle. They eventually called it miserable manna.
Numbers 21:5 They spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food (manna)!”
The thing that they, at first, had been so excited about and appreciative for was now detestable and miserable to them.
God gives us daily provisions; daily miracles. We once were excited about them. But now we have gotten used to them. We expect them to be there every day. We take them for granted. We no longer appreciative them. Now we complain about them.
We complain about our spouses and children because they are imperfect or unlike us. We complain about our houses and automobiles that have to be cleaned and maintained regularly. We complain about having to mow the lawn, about the heat, the cold, the rain, the lack of rain. We complain about our jobs, our clothes, our food. The list goes on and on.
These are all things we, at some point, had probably prayed for asking God to give us.
We can all look around us and see God’s daily provision.
If we didn’t have to walk 5 miles to get a bucket of dirty drinking water, thank God! If we can walk, see, hear, speak, or think, thank God! If we have food, clothes, a roof over our head, a job to pay our bills, and friends and family to love us, thank God! If we were able to go to church this week without fear of imprisonment or death, thank God!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Are you feeling discontented today? Are you complaining? Look around you! What has God given you? What is His daily provision for you? What have you taken for granted? Who or what did you once consider a miracle but now consider detestable and miserable?
There are several reasons why it took the Israelites 40 years to make an 11-day journey through the wilderness on their way to the promised land. Complaining is one of them.
It’s hard to be discontented and critical while thanking God for His daily provision. Go ahead! Give it a try! Before you know it, you will have joy in your heart, a smile on your face, and a song on your lips.
Let’s ask God to open our eyes to see His goodness and love towards us? Let’s ask Him to help us be grateful for His daily provision and miracles. Let’s choose to praise instead of complain.
Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.