Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes! Then Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent; and the anger of the Lord was greatly aroused; Moses also was displeased. Numbers 11:4-6, 10 NKJV
Have you ever asked God to deliver you from a situation; yet, all you find yourself doing is reflecting on the “good” of the past and not being satisfied with the present journey? God delivered the Children of Israel of out slavery in Egypt and promised that He would take them to a land of milk and honey; however, God’s promises weren’t enough because they went from hungry to God giving them manna every day. They grew tired of the manna and began to complain and reminisce on the good food they had in Egypt, never mind the captivity, the beatings and the suffering they endured.
Maybe you got laid off from your job. You know the job that you couldn’t stand. The one that you hated going to. The one where people lied on you and no matter what you did you were never the “star” employee. Well, God released you from that job and promised you a better one but the journey has been rough. Now you have started complaining and wishing you were back in that place instead of thanking God that He honored your requests.
Sure, you might be single now and this process of dating or waiting on Mr. Right is making you want to give up. In this season instead of being grateful for the process, you begin to reminisce on former relationships. You know, the ones that ended for perfectly good reason. He may have been abusive, lacking ambition, or a cheater but none of those things matter because at this very moment you don’t want to be alone. You are willing to take all of those qualities that you despise to give up this journey to your promised future.
Perhaps the issue lies in other areas of your life: family, career, and finances. Reflect on something that God has delivered you from. You know that thing that you were trying to get away from anyway. Now that you are on a new journey, do you ever find yourself reminiscing about the old one? Has this time of sacrifice turned into one of disappointment, murmuring and complaining?
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 KJV
In 2 Corinthians 1:20 KJV, the scripture reminds us that God’s promises are Yeah and Amen! We must not give up, lose heart, or turn our face away from God. He is the only one that has always delivered on His promises, 100%. As the saying goes, He may not come when you want Him to, but He is always on time. The next time you find yourself in a space of complaining, turn that complaining into praise. Reflect on His goodness and His mercy knowing that His promises aren’t far off.
Thank You for delivering me time and time again from situation upon situation. Forgive me for complaining against you. Teach me to express myself with you without a spirit of dissatisfaction. My past is the past for a reason. Even as I continue to make my requests known to You, teach me to appreciate the journey. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to think back over your journey and the things that God has delivered you from. Don’t turn back, but remember that God has brought you from there to take you somewhere completely different. No matter where you are now, bask in knowing that He will keep His promises and you will reach your promised land.
Have you ever found yourself complaining, when you should be grateful? Share your story with us.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”