“Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.” Numbers 11:1
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Numbers 10-11, Psalm 27, and Mark 1.
God doesn’t like whiners!
When I complain, I’m complaining at least indirectly about God’s treatment.
When I go there, I am minimizing God. I may be saying that He couldn’t do something, or I could be blaming Him for not doing something I wanted.
In any case, God hears and isn’t pleased.
It is interesting to read in Numbers the interactions that Moses has with God. Moses says this, and God says that. God is not in some distant place oblivious to us.
When I am close to God, I am aware of His presence in my spirit. I want to do something, and God asks why. I don’t want to do something, and God asks why not. If I’m long distance from God, then none of this happens. Instead, I’m on self-control and good luck to me when I’m taking that route!
My relationship to God must be so close that I can sense His nearness. This setup requires tremendous discipline and I am so lacking in this area. I drift along in a day UNMINDFUL of Him. And then later I wonder how I dared to trust myself rather than Him.
“O Lord, help me. I want You running my life this day. I want to be mindful of You throughout this day. I want to be with You without ceasing. Take me over right now Lord.”
Are you a whiner?