Complaining – Part 2

Devotional – What’s for dinner?

“Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it and ground it in handmills or beat it in mortars and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil. When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.”

Numbers‬ ‭11‬:‭4‬-‭9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Have you ever gone through your day and suddenly it’s evening and you haven’t made plans for dinner? No one else in the home has either. Anytime you do talk about it ahead of time you put it off because it stresses you out? Ok maybe this is just me.

Here we have a classic case of discontent. The people are being provided for, but they don’t like what’s for dinner. On top of that they actually have to work to make food from the manna provided. Oh what a pain! Let’s go back to Egypt where we had an all you can eat buffet – free of charge! (Forgetting the whole enslavement thing.)

If you are a meat eater, have you ever tried going a long stint without it? I’d start to crave burgers, pepperoni, and bacon. These folks had their basic needs provided for, essentially their “daily bread” and they complained for lack of meat.

I’m not here to rag on these folks, but I am here to learn from their cautionary tale. Complaining does not look good on anyone. When we see someone complaining, we notices their ugly attitude, but when we complain we feel perfectly justified and can’t see how ugly we are.

Next time we will see the dire consequences of complaining rather than bringing forth problems and solutions.


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