I consider myself an expert in today’s topic: grumbling.
Perhaps you too are quick to see what you don’t have, what could be upgraded or upsized, what others should have done or didn’t do for me, or just worry about our needs being met?!
In the book of Exodus, God leads his people through the desert on their way to the Promised Land. On the way he tests them. These tests are an opportunity to grow in knowledge of him: he provides, is loving and patient, is in control, and always keeps his promises.
God’s tests are also an opportunity to grow to become more like Him in character – to be conformed into the image of his Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).
But in the Exodus, God’s people Israel grumbled and lost sight of God. They were too busy looking at themselves and their perceived needs.
Sadly, when things don’t go our way we often grumble. And in the midst of our grumbling we take our eyes off God; we spiral into self-centredness.
The Bible encourages us to fix our eyes on God. The bigger God appears, the smaller our problems appear. And the promise we have is that through life’s tests God is making us more like Jesus. What a glorious blessing he provides for us on our way to heaven!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.