Then the whole community of Israelites began complaining again. They complained to Moses and Aaron in the desert. They said, “It would have been better if the LORD had just killed us in the land of Egypt. – Exodus 16:2 (ERV)
So, be honest with yourself. How much complaining do you do? Do you find yourself daily complaining about the amount of math homework you have, or perhaps how many chores your mom makes you do?
Do you find that it’s pretty easy to find things in your life that are going wrong, and to not choose to be thankful? If you do, you’re not alone. Most of us, if we’re honest, default to complaining instead of thankfulness.
We often complain about each little thing that isn’t going exactly the way we want in life. This is exactly what the children of Israel did in the desert. They complained.
And it can be easy to look at their lives and think, what do they have to complain about? God had just done some miracles in their lives, they were no longer slaves. Why in the world were they complaining?
But the truth is, we do it too. Even in the midst of the miracle God might be working in your life right now, you can probably find something to complain about. Maybe your teacher didn’t treat you right. Perhaps you didn’t get the job you wanted, the list could go on. And instead of remembering the ways God has moved in your life in the past, you get into complaining.
Just like the children of Israel did. Yes, they had seen God move, recently. However, they took their eyes off that, and looked at what they didn’t have right then and began to complain.
Life is never going to be perfect. So the key to being happy is simply to be thankful for how God has moved in your life. And don’t forget to be thankful for how He has brought you through.