Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Complaining (Part 9)
And the people complained against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?'
Exodus 15:24 (NKJV)
If only we had died in Egypt!
Numbers 14:2 (NIV)
Once upon a time in history, a hero came to earth named Moses.
This beautiful child in a basket, the adopted grandson of Pharaoh, the hot-tempered man who killed a thug, the fugitive son of Abraham, the sown and settled eighty-year-old, was chosen to lead God's people home. But the appointment wasn't easy.
After leaving Egypt, Moses made a life for himself in Midian. He had a wife and two sons. He had a job and a home. Then he saw a burning bush, and God called him to action. He was afraid of the work, so he begged God for a pass. Even so, Moses obeyed, and God's people were freed.
But their freedom didn't come easy. When the going got rough, they complained. They were thirsty and hungry. Giants lived in their new home. Moses stayed away too long. They reviled his leadership. They worshipped a golden calf. Egypt seemed better to them.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: here's one shocking conclusion: God takes our complaints Personally. Because He either designs or allows every trial we ever face. So when we complain about the test, we complain about the Tester.
Consider two consequences of their complaints: 1) God allowed a short journey to take forty years. 2) Not one grown male complainer reached the Promised Land.
So, for you to reach the land of promises called entertainment, for you to be promoted by God as His ambassadors, make sure you 'Do all things without complaining or disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:14-15).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.