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From Grace to Grumbling

Oh how quickly we forget God’s provision and go from grace to grumbling. The Israelites had just seen God part the Red Sea and deliver them from their enemy! After this miracle, instead of going straight to the Promised Land, God led them straight to the wilderness.

The natural tendency of the people of Israel is like our own tendency to go from grace to grumbling. It only takes the Israelites 3 days to change their perspective. This is how quickly our worship can fade. It’s easy to praise God when things are good, but it’s hard when things get difficult. 

Grumbling is different than complaining. It’s not wrong to complain or groan to God. Grumbling is saying, “God, you are hard” and “God, I wish you were different.” Groaning is saying, “This is hard” and “I wish this situation was different.” The Israelites began to grumble against Moses. Sometimes it’s a little something that sets us off, and sometimes it’s an enduring chronic long-term difficulty.

We grumble when we forget God’s past provision and God’s future promise. God takes us through the wilderness for the same reason he took the Israelites through the wilderness. When we are in the wilderness, God can reveal things about Himself or about us. We need to realize this is where the lessons are taught. 

God led the Israelites to no water and then bitter water. Could He have taken them to fresh water immediately? Sure. God can take your bitter and make it sweet. He had them pick up a log and throw it into the water to make the water good. This is a miracle! 

God is accomplishing something in the wilderness. The Promised Land can only be reached by way of the wilderness. This is where we are now. We are in the wilderness before the new Earth. God has led you here for a reason. There is no purposelessness in the life of a believer. We are to trust Him.  

Posted by Meredith Collins at 4:12 PM
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