There are people who grumble, murmur, and complain about everything. They act like it’s their earthly assignment to nitpick and find fault. Abraham Lincoln said, “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.” Only seeing error in things and people is a grim undertaking. In addition, this self-appointed task has grave consequences. For one thing, it’s a pathway for the devil to enter into our lives and deposit hopelessness. The Israelites learned that the hard way; all their murmuring and complaining stopped them from entering into the Promised Land.
Should God expect criticism after He answers a faultfinder’s prayers?
There is so much we can learn from analyzing the Israelites’ journey. In spite of God performing astonishing miracles on their behalf, they weren’t satisfied. Their disgruntled attitude prolonged an eleven-day trip to a forty-year wilderness experience. Do we lengthen our “wilderness” experiences, which I call tests, when we murmur and complain? There are people who always display a positive attitude of hope and faith; however, the rest of us can be challenged by some of life’s circumstances.
People can threaten our last nerve.
The Israelites’ journey shows us what not to do when we become anxious about our predicaments. On the other hand, Jesus modeled how we should handle undesirable situations without murmuring, grumbling, and faultfinding. He demonstrated humility and love in the midst of imperfect people and conditions. How did Jesus remain so stable? He prayed—alone—a lot.
When Jesus walked the earth, He attracted a great throng of people everywhere He went. Because of His compassion, He attended to their needs.
In Matthew 14:14-23, it describes the time when the people stayed so long that Jesus ended up feeding over 5,000 of them. Can you imagine the drain this must have had on His human body? Think about it, one person can wear us out. But notice what Jesus did, after such an exhausting day, He veered off alone into the mountains to regroup, refuel, and reconnect with His Father.
We’ll be alright if we keep in mind: faultfinding, murmuring, and complaining are red flags.
Time to go to the “mountain” and refuel.
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