FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH Exodus 14:11-12
by: Jeff Rice
“They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
I work with about 80 teenagers every day for 180 school days. I doubt there is one day that goes by that I don’t hear some kind of whining. It was the first thing I thought about as Bro. Jason brought this passage up. I feel you Moses: the room is too hot, it is too cold, the reading passage is too long, there are too many questions, this is too hard, this is pointless, etc. etc. The people of Israel had seen God deliver them out of hundreds of years of slavery, but now at the first sign of trouble (the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s Army behind them) they go to whining and complaining. I get frustrated with my students just like Moses probably was frustrated with the Children of Israel, but then I have to be truthful with myself. I do the same thing so often with God my Father. I focus more on the problems, failures, disappointments, unmet expectations, etc. and not on the God who has delivered me from the pit, covered me in His grace, and met all my needs according to His riches that are in Christ Jesus. I am blessed beyond measure, but yet I am too quick to gripe and complain. As we are in this wonderful season of Thanksgiving any time our internal dialogue goes to the place of complaining, whining, frustration, and ingratitude let us stop and remember what is said over and over in the Bible: “Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.” As the worship song said Sunday, the same God who took care of us in the past will take care of us to the end. Be encouraged and let your Thanksgiving be evident to all.