Monday, March 1, 2010

Are you a whiner?

If you have ever raised a child you have dealt with it.

Whining.

It can drive you crazy. It is tiresome, draining and debilitating.

Problem is, adults do it too. And it isn't new. The Israelites whined in the desert. Their life was hard. It was hot. Water was scarse. They moved from here to there with little clear purpose.

Numbers 11:1 "Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp. 2 Then the people screamed to Moses for help, and when he prayed to the Lord, the fire stopped. 3 After that, the area was known as Taberah (which means “the place of burning”), because fire from the Lord had burned among them there.

4 Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. 5 “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. 6 But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”

7 The manna looked like small coriander seeds, and it was pale yellow like gum resin. 8 The people would go out and gather it from the ground. They made flour by grinding it with hand mills or pounding it in mortars. Then they boiled it in a pot and made it into flat cakes. These cakes tasted like pastries baked with olive oil. 9 The manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night.

10 Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. 11 And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? 12 Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? 13 Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people? They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! 15 If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!”

Their whining had the same effect on Moses as your 3 year old has on you. Tiresome, draining and debilitating.

Moses, this truly great leader, was discouraged. Tired. He asked God to kill him, rather than to endure the life sucking effect of whining.

Are you a whiner?

Do you whine to your spouse? At work? To your kids? To your friends? To God?

If you do, know that it is tiresome, draining and debilitating to those around you.

Oh, and how much does GOD like it?

Read the next blog to see!

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