“Moses said, “This will happen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the Lord hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the Lord.” (Exodus 16:8, NASB95)
Caution: When we grumble, we may be grumbling against the Lord. Ever find yourself complaining to someone else about what is going on in your life? I know I have been in that position many times. Although we may be talking to a friend or family member, the spiritual ramification may be that our complaining is actually pointed at God. Now, I don’t think that the Lord minds when we grumble at times. I think He understands we are near-sighted when it comes to what is happening in our lives. But I think He expects that we would be honest enough to speak to Him directly. What do we expect to gain from telling our friend or family member? God wants us to come to Him with all our needs, fears, doubts, hopes, etc.
Comfort: Even in the midst of their stubborn grumbling, God provides the Israelites the richest blessing. He promises to provide them bread every morning and meat every night during their wilderness journey. He sees and understands the actual need behind the grumbling and graciously meets the need. This is why it is best to go to Him immediately and directly with our concerns. I am comforted to see that God graciously meets their need instead of punishing their doubt and unbelief. Our God loves us! He is not out to crush us because of our sin. He desires to redeem us and have a lifelong relationship with us.
Join me in being cautious and comforted today.