I surely am guilty!
Why as believers in Christ, do we do it? Andrew Burkhardt explains it:
Like Israel, we fail to trust God. It is different than questioning God’s goodness. It is different than crying out and saying ‘Lord, I need Your help’. No, grumbling is actual back talk. Back talk to the Lord. Because, He isn’t giving us what we want. He’s giving us what we need. And a lot of the time, we have a problem with that…So then we have to ask the question – How does God respond to us? How does God respond to this atmosphere that we have created? How does He respond to our failure to trust Him?
Exodus 16 versus 1 through 12 explains this. Psalm 78.
The specifics on ‘how to’ gather the food (manna) given by God, is for a specific purposes, namely – to see if they (Israelite nation) will trust Him, to see if they will trust with what He provides. The Lord’s concern is for the heart of His people. to trust Him and not the provision he supplies.
God was basically saying: ‘Obedience will display your trust and remind you of what I have done.’
Our grumbling reflects what we think about God, about His character – that He does not have our best interest at heart.
Israel did not like God’s salvation plan (of getting them out of Egypt and into the promised land) because it took them out of their comfort zone, just like we grumble and complain many times when our zone of comfort gets disturbed because God is moving us closer to Him…
The Gospel reminds us that God does not ignore our hardships, He comes and meets us, He hears our cries, even when we forget Him in the midst of a situation. Our failure to believe, comes when the situations starts trumping what God has already done – He sent Jesus to die on the cross. Instead of giving us the cold shoulder when we complain, God reminds us that He hears our cry. God provides for us, despite of our grumbling hearts…
Andrew Burkhardt – http://www.nowsprouting.com/riversidechurch
11 If a son asks for [a]bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Let us always be reminded that:
He is a God of Grace. He is a God of Mercy and Kindness and above all else, He is a God of Love!
Stay blessed in Christ
Pr. Paddick van Zyl