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When I’m Whiny……

This fall we started a new children’s program at church.

It’s called Olympians, it’s by Word of Life, and I can’t say enough good things about it!

One of the best parts is the Quiet Time Journal. Not only do all of the kids have their own journals to help them spend consistent time with God at home, but all of the leaders have Quiet Time journals, too — and from 1st grade all the way up to the leaders, each day is the same passage. That way, everyone’s on the same page. Leaders can discuss with their kids what they learned together that week. It’s wonderful.

The journal will give you a passage, some commentary, and then ask you to answer two questions.

1: What is the author saying?

2: How can I apply this to my life?

 

Yesterday’s passage for adults was Exodus 16:1-14 (kids have a shorter passage from this reading).

They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” 10 And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 And the Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp.14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground.

The thing is, just about everyone answers those questions differently.

Because God has a way of speaking to different people about different things at different times.

So what stands out to you in this passage is probably different than what stood out to me.

 

What stood out to me was the complaining.

Did you notice who the Israelites were complaining to? Moses and Aaron.

Could Moses and Aaron fix their problems? Nope.

Did the Israelites know this? Probably.

 

I don’t know about you, but when I’m complaining, I don’t want people to offer solutions; I just want them to identify with me, ya know? Make me feel good.

And I feel like if I’m complaining to people, it’s not so bad as, you know, complaining to God. 

But when I’m complaining to people, you know what I’m doing? Complaining to God.

And when I’m complaining to people, you know what I’m NOT doing? Seeking God for a solution.

 

It made me stop and think about how many times a day I thoughtlessly complain, without realizing the implications.

That by complaining…

-I’m avoiding a solution.
-I’m avoiding personal responsibility.
-I’m indulging my flesh.
-I’m failing to trust God.
-I’m demanding my will.
-I’m not exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit.
-I’m spreading my negativity to those around me.
-I’m missing out on growth.

 

As I’m sure you are aware, it’s Thanksgiving time.

Facebook is flooded with people talking about they’re thankful for.

And it’s great.

But wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were always focused on thankfulness?

Because when we’re being thankful, you know what we’re not doing? Complaining. 

 

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

 

But the truth is, life is full of tough stuff.

Truth is, it’s a lot easier to complain than seek God.

But the truth is, there’s a lot of reward in seeking God.

Psalm 9:9-10

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

 

If you’d like to check out a Quiet Time Journal, go to http://quiettimediary.com 
{And contact me – I have some free 30-day trial codes!}

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In a word: passionate. About Jesus, church, ministry, music, reading, family, friends, and sometimes even iced skinny soy mochas.

4 thoughts on “When I’m Whiny…… Leave a comment

  1. I enjoy the Quiet Time Journal. I feel like it brings us together with the accountability.

    The complaining, now that is something I do without thinking about who I’m complaining against. I try hard not to do that, but sometimes it’s just so easy to step over that line into the flesh without even realizing that is what has happened. Lord, please help me to stay on the Spirit side of that line today.

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