I want to follow-up on a previous post ‘Sunday at the Buffet’, the subject of which was complaining. I pointed out that 1 Corinthians 10 ells us that it’s source can be demonic.
I was thinking of different scripture about another subject entirely Exodus 11:11 when I considered that this was one instance in which God seemed not to mind that Moses had a complaint.
Moses was displeased. 11 So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You [k]been so hard on Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all this people on me? 12 Was it I who conceived all this people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom as a [l]nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which You swore to their fathers’? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me, saying, ‘Give us meat that we may eat!’ 14 I alone am not able to carry all this people, because it is too [m]burdensome for me. 15 So if You are going to deal thus with me, please kill me at once, if I have found favor in Your sight, and do not let me see my wretchedness.”
Moses was complaining to God about the job that He had given Moses and God’s response was not an angry one. He did not get angry or give Moses a lecture, but He answered with mercy and introduced what I see as the first instance of delegation of tasks when a leader is burned out. If you look at the beginning of the chapter, though, it says in verse 1 Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. What was the difference? I would like to suggest to you that there is a difference between complaining to the Lord and against the Lord. Numbers 21:7 And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The difference? Heart. Moses had seen and believed in the goodness of God and the Israelites did not.
There are at least 57 bible verses about complaining. Moses, Jonah, Job, David, the Israelites (most often) all complained at some point. In the “At the Sunday Buffet:” post I talked about 1 Corinthians 10 and how it discusses complaining and the table of the Lord and the table of demons There is a grumbling atmosphere that can be produced by the demonic. That is one thing, but the complaints in our hearts against God is a second realm and an open door for the demonic to have foothold or “rights” in our lives to produce further consequences.
To complain: verb to express dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event, protest, grumble, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, grouse, make a fuss; object, criticize, find fault; informal: kick up a fuss, raise a stink, bellyache, moan, snivel, beef, bitch.
In Numbers 12 God asks Miriam and Aaron why they were not afraid to complain against Moses and there were disastrous results.. The grace of the New Testament does not change the fact that there are consequences to our actions. It offers us a way out. We need to do two things: come to the table of the Lord and ask forgiveness in order to close that door to the demonic realm and then we need to stop complaining against God.
Don’t listen to the carping and grumbling in the air. The demons would love for you to particpate. Believe in Gods’ goodness. Coming up next, I will talk about the power of the blood of Jesus to remove us from the influence of the demonic realm.
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