Murmuring and Complaining
“[The people] complained against Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘It would have been better to die in Egypt or even here in the wilderness! Why is the Lord taking us into that land?’” (Numbers 14:2-3 GNT)
When God’s people lose their faith, bad things happen: panic attacks, self-pity, feelings of doom, and murmuring and complaining. Fear filled the Israelites who thought that God had brought them out of Egypt only to let them fall in a hole. They quickly forgot the miracles God had wrought on their behalf, as well as the promises he had given them for their future; and they began to rail against their leaders and against God himself.
Likewise, when we throw tantrums and complain and murmur as the Israelites did, it’s because we’ve lost our faith. God is saying, “Haven’t I brought you through so much? And am I going to let you go now?” People who lose their faith blame those around them: their parents, their pastor, and their government leaders. But it all points to the fact that their faith has been greatly diminished.
When we have a big faith, we can see God do mighty things, but it is not so when our faith has waned. Let’s not reduce God to our little faith, for little faith results in little prayers. “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29 KJV).
Read Numbers 14:1-23.