Don’t Make God Mad

The Lord became exceedingly angry.
—Numbers 11:10

Only three days after the Red Sea crossing, the Israelites started grumbling about the water being bitter and the food disgusting (Ex 15:23–24, 16:2). “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites,” God said (Ex 16:11). And he gave them water, bread, and meat.

Still, they “complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused”—he “became exceedingly angry” (Num 11:1, 10).

When ten of the twelve scouts gave a negative report on their return from exploring Canaan, the Israelites whined, “We should go back to Egypt.”

“I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites,” God said (Nm 14:27). And he decreed that every grumbler twenty years old and up would not enter the promised land.

Takeaway: Grumblers make God mad.

Nuff said.

Grumble, and you won’t be grateful.
Be grateful, and you won’t grumble.

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