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Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining (against God) and questioning and doubting (among yourselves), Phillippians 2:14 (Amplified Bible)

A while ago a Pastor gave a teaching to our school students on doing everything without complaining. It did much to alter my thinking in many areas of my life. It is so easy to find fault with people, things, or circumstances in our life. Let’s face it. We all do it in one way or another whether we admit it or not. We find many things to grumble and complain about. We complain about the weather. We complain about the economy. We complain against our neighbours. We complain against our government. We complain against our parents, teachers, pastors and other authority figures. etc…. complain, complain, complain, grumble, grumble, grumble. Most of all when things don’t go our way or turn out the way we think they should, who do we blame the most? God. We must sound like a bunch of whiners to Him. I can’t stand whining and have never put up with it from my children. Whining is a turn-off to most of us.

"Dad, I don’t like these vegetables! I don’t like these clothes. I don’t want to go to bed early! Why can’t stay up? But Jimmy and Mary are allowed to! You never let me do anything! I don’t want to take that medicine. It tastes yucky. Do I really have to go to school today? I don’t want to do my chores. I want to go and play! I want this! I want that! Why won’t you let me have it? Waaah! Waaah! I want it and I want it now!" Waaah!" Annoying isn’t it? You have to realize that many of us sound that way to God. We are not content with the promises He has given us.

The children of Israel were chronic complainers. They had seen some of the greatest miracles in the Bible such as the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of Egypt. God had put a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to lead them. He provided food, water and made sure their clothes or sandals didn’t even wear out and yet they found reasons to complain. Keith Green wrote a amusing song called; "So You Want to Go Back to Egypt."

 

So you wanna go back to Egypt, where it’’s warm and secure.

Are you sorry you bought the one way ticket when you thought you were sure?

You wanted to live in the land of promise, but now it’s getting so hard.

Are you sorry you’re out here in the desert, instead of your own backyard?

Eating leeks and onions by the Nile.

Ooh what breath, but dining out in style.

Ooh, my life’s on the skids, give me the pyramids.

 

Well there’s nothing to do but travel, and we sure travel a lot.

Cause it’s hard to keep your feet from moving when the sand gets so hot.

And in the morning it’s manna hot cakes.

We snack on manna all day.

And they sure had a winner last night for dinner,

Flaming manna souffle,.

 

Well we once complained for something new to munch.

The ground opened up and had some of us for lunch.

Ooh, such fire and smoke.

Can’t God even take a joke huh? .(no!)

 

So you wanna go back to Egypt, where old friends wait for you.

You can throw a big party and tell the whole gang,

That what they said was all true.

And this Moses acts like a big-shot, who does he think he is?

It’s true that God works lots of miracles, but Moses thinks they’re all his.

Well I’m having so much trouble even now.

Why’d he get so mad about that cow, that golden cow.

Moses sits rather idle, he just sits around.

He just sits around and writes the bible.

Oh, Moses, put down your pen.What? oh no, manna again?

Oh, manna waffles. manna burgers,

Manna bagels, fillet of manna,

Manna patties, bamanna bread!

 

The song is amusing, but the reality was God was not pleased at all with their complaining and because of their grumbling and complaints a whole generation died in the desert and never saw the land that God had promised them. Only their children did. You can read their story and all about how God dealt with them in books of Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

We are much more blessed than the children of Israel ever were as they didn’t have the salvation available to us or have the Holy Spirit living in them the way we do and yet we continually find reasons to complain. Like any sin it will separate you from God and hinder your prayers. Complain loud enough and you may find a lack of blessing in your life. That the promises of God for you will be out of reach and you may even be in danger of missing them all together.

Paul said in Phillipians 4:11b-12 (NIV) "For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." And in 1Timothy 6:6-7 (NIV) "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it." That’s the secret in learning not to complain. It is learning to be content no matter what your situation may be. Knowing that God knows what is best for you at all times even better than you know your self. Some situations may be tough to face but there is a peace that comes with surrender and letting God work. For as Romans 8:28 says, all things work together for our good.

 

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Comments on: "So You Want to Go Back to Egypt?" (8)

  1. hahaha! That\’s actually one of my favorite songs from Keith Green!! We do sound a lot like that though and I can\’t stand complaining either. I always wondered, about the israelites in the desert, if I would\’ve done very different. It\’s so easy to say how ungrateful they were but we are way much more comfortable now as they ever were in that desert and we still find ways to complain. God really is good for not zapping us right out of here!! 🙂 Thanks for the info about next year\’s YC event. I just love Hillsong United and I was thrilled to get to worship with them this year! I really hope I\’ll be able to go next year and I\’ll probably pop in you guys if you go too! God bless!!Cath 🙂

  2. Hi Gerry… a great reminder about not complaining, and also not looking back! The Israelites were slaves and treated poorly back in Egypt, but they looked back to their life of bondage and only remembered the few things that brought them fleeting, temporary pleasure. Sometimes we can do that, too. We are walking with God, but then we can begin to think back to what things were like before we were saved, the worldly pleasures we indulged in. It\’s definitely not a good thing to let our minds go there.Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." – Luke 9:26Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14Blessings!<><

  3. This is a wonderful reminder… thank you sharing… 🙂 I need to stop complaining… 🙂

  4. Great commentary! When I started to read it I knew exactly where you were going! Yes that\’s got each of us pegged! Very positive.

  5. Greetings Gerry,Just dropping in and wanted to say hi. You have my vote too. Hope you and the children are well. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I so enjoyed this blog. Thanks. I too often wonder about all the complaining and grumbling people do. And Yes, I too have fallen into that category at times, sadly, but true, but now that I know it could be a weakness if I allowed it to be I am careful and mindful to give God all the Praise, for He is Worthy to be Praised. God has given us much. We live in a land that is truly filled with God\’s Bountiful Blessings. God\’s Blessings, Judith

  6. I\’ve just recently made a post about dating and waiting. Your post reminded me of the time when God was testing me to see what was on my heart. I was suffering because I really liked someone… but knew that to actively pursue her would be offensive to The LORD. We were at a Scripture Union Camp and we were there to serve God… not ourselves. A friend of mine was also there and seemed to be hitting on another girl and it was working out for him… so the temptation to make a move was very strong. I felt he was in the wrong, and felt deep anger. So I went into my small group\’s room, shut the door and listened to "Create in me a Clean Heart" by Keith Green/King David. It helped chill me out a little.In the end I held my ground with the girl and bit my tongue where my friend was concerned. I\’m glad I did… because when I spoke to him about it later it transpired he had been seeing the girl he had seemed to be hitting on, since shortly after a training weekend months before… so he wasn\’t doing anything wrong.The whole week was a test for me… you can see that by the fact that all the circumstances were interwoven and conected to one another. To my shame I only just scraped through.

  7. Thank you Gerry…it is good to be reminded of our freedoms, rights, privileges…we take advantage of so much of the time. I try to remind the kids at my school where I teach…you think you have it bad??? Next time you take a drink out of the nice cold water fountain…think about kids in other countries that don\’t even get clean water…much less cold. Yep…good lesson. Thanks again for sharing. Have a blessed weekend,~Val~

  8. Jeff Wiersma said:

    Thank you Gerry for the wonderful devotional. Satan is the father of all lies and he is a master at convincing us that we have rights and that we have been wronged. Complaining is a national past-time here in Canada and I often get stuck in its\’ mud as well.Christ was bound that He might free us from our sins. He suffered countless insults that we might never be put to shame. He was innocently condemmed to death that we might be acquitted at the judgment seat of God. He even let His blessed body be nailed to the cross without complaint that He might cancel the bond which stood against us because of our sins. By all this He has taken God\’s complaint against us upon Himself that He might fill us with His blessing.

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