The Flip Side of Grumbling

Steven Laman

READ : Exodus 16:1-18

It would be very easy for me to be a grumbler. I could complain about having to be in a wheelchair, not being able to communicate easily, and the fact that sometimes I feel like life is passing me by. Thankfully, I am not prone to complain, but if I were, I would be griping not only about my disability, but also against God, who allowed me to be born with cerebral palsy.

When the Israelites were in the desert, they thought they were grumbling against Moses and Aaron, but actually they were complaining against God. It was God who led the escape from Egypt and he was preparing the way for a better life in Canaan. Despite what the Almighty was doing, they refused to see his goodness to them. Their constant complaining must have hurt his heart. Yet, for all their moaning, God never stopped caring. He still heard their cries and met their needs.

Sometimes I grumble. When I do, I have to remind myself that God loves and cares for me and will meet my needs. Do you ever find yourself complaining about life? When you do, join me in remembering that our God can handle whatever we may face.


Lord, forgive my grumbling spirit and help me to see that you want the best for me. Amen.