Numbers 11 – You Don’t Complain, Right?

I hope the the title grabed your attention. You are not a complainer, right? No, of course not! Well out of all the people I know, everyone complains about one thing or another. They might not complain to me, but I am almost 100% sure we have all complained at least once. And those that have NEVER complained, give yourself a pat on the back, you have made the Lord happy! Let us explore the complaints that the Israelites had:

1 Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. 2 The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord and the fire died out. 3 So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the Lord burned among them. 4 The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5 We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, 6 but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.” 7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. 8 The people would go about and gather it and grind it between two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil. 9 When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with it.

Time has passed, and the Lord has given the Israelite nation every morning food to eat! He provides faithfully to His beloved. God wanted to give them the best food in the dessert! So He gave them bread from heaven every day without delay. The Manna had the essential nutrients necessary to survive and to keep their bodies healthy, I mean come on it comes from heaven! Well, you would think all the wives and husbands were delighted because they didn’t have to cook anything different or find food outside their campgrounds. However, like us they were ungrateful to God’s providence. Just when God gave them a plentiful life, they complain. The Lord becomes angry because He hears the complaints of the 600,000+ population. How would you feel when someone complains about the present you gave them? Although we all tend to complain sometimes, a true Christian shall never speak of words of complaints, we should be grateful for all things, good or bad and rejoice in the goodness of God. The bible tells us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7) You can come to the throne of God in supplicaion, confession, adoration, and a thankful spirit. If you have complaints about someone or something, it may be that God is giving you an opportunity to grow!

He says” Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, (Phil 2:14-15). Here is something we can all begin to practice. I encourage you to raise your hands to the Heavens and thank God for what He has done for you, remember that “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (Jhn 15:13).


Alejandra Zepeda

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.



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