In Numbers 11, when the Israelites told the Lord they wanted meat because they were tired of eating the manna He had sent from heaven, God was livid. He then sent quail for them to eat and told them that they would eat it until it came out of their nostrils. Some of them even complained about the quail. The Lord couldn’t take anymore of their ungratefulness and struck the complainers with a deadly plague. I guess that’s what complaining will get you.
Time to Repent
The other day I caught myself sounding like the Israelites in the wilderness. I am battling acid reflux disease, also known as GERDS. I am trying to facilitate my healing with prayer, “Word therapy,” diet and nutrition. Right now, according to my naturopathic doctor, all I am supposed to eat is fruits, vegetables, and meats. Period. No carbs and no grains. I had stuck diligently to that diet for several months, but had not experienced the results I wanted. I asked myself, why am I depriving myself? So recently, I ate some things that I most certainly was not supposed to eat, and I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed what I ate. However, I suffered the consequences. I began to complain to God, “I am tired of not being able to eat what I want.” I heard Him whisper to me, “You sound like the Israelites to Me.” That moment, I had to repent. I knew what He meant: I was ungrateful. I had food to eat. There are many people who don’t have that luxury and are starving. Yet, I was complaining about having to eat healthy food. Crazy, isn’t it?
It’s Working for Our Good
Romans 8:28 says that all things are working together for our good. Even this illness, although God didn’t send it (but He allowed it) can work to my advantage. The way I see it, He is using this GERDS situation to train me to eat properly so that He can answer my prayer of having a good quality of life in my golden years. When I was complaining, He said to me, “I am trying to give you what you asked for. Do you want a long, healthy life or not?” I want a long, healthy life. How about you?
Sometimes we pray for things, and then when God starts orchestrating things in our lives so we can get what we want, we complain about it. We need to be in a thanksgiving mode. God is good, He loves us, and He is always trying to position us to receive showers of blessings. Therefore, whatever is going on, it’s all good.
So the next time you feel like complaining about your situation, how about looking for how that thing can work to your advantage? Ask God for what you want versus complaining about what you have. Praise Him for what He’s done and what He will do, and that will fuel your faith. Whatever you do, please don’t complain.
What have you complained about lately that could be a part of God’s answer to your prayer? Leave a comment below.
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