11 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. 2 Then the people screamed to Moses for help, and when he prayed to the Lord, the fire stopped. 3 After that, the area was known as Taberah (which means “the place of burning”), because fire from the Lord had burned among them there.
7 The manna looked like small coriander seeds, and it was pale yellow like gum resin. 8 The people would go out and gather it from the ground. They made flour by grinding it with hand mills or pounding it in mortars. Then they boiled it in a pot and made it into flat cakes. These cakes tasted like pastries baked with olive oil. 9 The manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night.
10 Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated.
31 Now the Lord sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall all around the camp. For miles in every direction there were quail flying about three feet above the ground.[a] 32 So the people went out and caught quail all that day and throughout the night and all the next day, too. No one gathered less than fifty bushels[b]! They spread the quail all around the camp to dry. 33 But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. 34 So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah (which means “graves of gluttony”) because there they buried the people who had craved meat from Egypt. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the Israelites traveled to Hazeroth, where they stayed for some time.
I am currently in a Bible study about the life of Moses. This past week the focus was on Numbers 11 and how the children of Israel became discontent with Gods provision. They began to grumble and complain and their whining angered God. Their constant complaining about the food that God had provided for them was an act of ingratitude. God was providing what was best for them and what would sustain them. But they were not content. They began to long for the days when they were in Egypt.
It is amazing how quickly we forget. I am saying we, not they because we do the same thing. When we are discontent the grass always appears greener on the other side. The Children of Israel quickly forgot that they had been rescued from slavery by the hand of God. Their lusts for food made them forget that their condition as slaves was deplorable. They were not thinking clearly. There are several lessons I learned from this study that I would like to share with you:
- To complain is a sin because it shows that we are not grateful for what God has provided for us.
- To complain shows a lack of faith and trust that God knows what is best for us. When we complain we are saying we know best.
- To complain shows impatience to be content until God blesses us differently. We must wait for His timing. His timing is always perfect.
- To complain show’s immaturity in our walk with God.
- Complaining is contagious as well as negative. Be careful who you spend time with, if they complain and whine consistently you will start to do the same.
- You may be in a situation that is not perfect but that doesn’t mean you should run back to your past. If God has brought you out of a situation continue to look ahead. In time if you trust Him you will see that He has a perfect plan. Trust God.
I Won’t Complain
Sometimes the clouds are low
I can hardly see the road
I ask a question, Lord
Lord, why so much pain?
But he knows what’s best for me
Although my weary eyes
They can’t see
So I’ll just say thank you Lord
I won’t complain
Thank you Lord
Turned my midnight into day
I won’t complain
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.