Every time I think about the children of Israel I try compare their attitude with mine. You know, many times we point at people’s bad decisions forgetting that we are making some bad choices too. Today I have thought about their complaining and murmuring that caused them more time in the dessert. Scripture records the many times they murmured and grumbled ‘They grumbled in their tents and did not listen to the voice of the LORD.’ “But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron.’
The price they paid for murmuring was spending more time in the wilderness. It is important to note that murmuring blocked them from hearing the voice of God, so they blocked out direction and wisdom. Murmuring also blocked them from appreciating the miracles they already had in the dessert like mana from heaven; it made them doubt God’s power and promises over their lives. It made them start looking for other options out of frustration and disappointment.
Today, be reminded that there is a price you pay for murmuring. It takes you back into the wilderness. Paul says in Philippians 2:14 that we should do everything without complaining or arguing. This instruction seems impossible, but I have come to learn that thanksgiving and murmuring do not go together. Once you fill your environment with thanksgiving and worship, worry and murmuring disappear. Murmuring thrives in an atmosphere of fear and fear does not come from God.
Remember, murmuring will stagnate you in the wilderness and block you from good judgement and wisdom. Instead of murmuring, give thanks. The presence of God and His power is sufficient for us to go through challenges and storms of life without complaining.