So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience. (Romans 13:5 NLT)
It was almost daybreak, but the people were already up complaining at the tent door of Moses. As he emerged, they closed in upon him crying," We have no water, (God gave them water out of a rock),no food,(He gave them manna) no shade, (He provided a cloud), and we're tired of moving all the time. Day after day all Moses heard was gripping and bellyaching about something. The poor guy was worn to a frazzle.
Does any of the above sound familiar? Are we any different than the children of Israel in the wilderness? We complain about the weather (it's too hot or it's too cold), the government (they aren't working for us -- only looking our for themselves), the taxes, privacy, and freedom (what's left of it).
The Apostle Paul gave us his "two cents worth" about this subject. In Philippians 2:14 -15 Paul says, in everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you... let your lives shine brightly before them.
Moses said, "...yes, your complaints are against the Lord, not against us." (Exodus 16:8b NLT)
Have you complained lately? Sure! We are all guilty at one time or another. Just remember that any complaint you make is really against the LORD. I'M JUST SAYIN!
Thought for the Day: God would have to have an enormous books if all the complaints are recorded in heaven.