Grumbling to God

When we grumble about something, what is the goal of our grumbling? It may be to simply complain to someone about an incident or that others have what you do not. Even though we grumble to others or even ourself, ultimately we are grumbling to God. It reveals that we are not content with what God gives us nor content with his plan for our life.

In Exodus 16 the Lord God has brought the Israelites out of Egypt with his mighty signs and wonders. Yet when they start to suffer from hunger, they complain to Moses. They can’t see God’s promise ahead of them, the promised land. They can only see that they no longer have what they had in Egypt. In verse 16:8, Moses told them they are grumbling to God, not him: “This will happen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the LORD hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the LORD (NASB).”

It is a good reminder to us that even though we may grumble to another person about our circumstances or about how we are treated, we are actually grumbling to God. Grumbling expresses a dissatisfaction with God. Instead of grumbling, lift your voice to God. Humble yourself before him and share your deepest emotions. Share your worries, needs and even your frustration, earnestly seeking his wisdom. Pray that he would strengthen you and help you endure your current trials. Thank God for his provision.

© 2020 CGThelen

6 thoughts on “Grumbling to God

  1. Amen. Pray and thank God for the blessings things in life. Pray in frustration for where we think things are not going our way. Ask for strength to get through the trials, and guidance to find the way. Amen.

  2. Been down that road too. It’s hard when the “That’s not fair!” button is pushed to not ruminate on it. I try to remember God is a better judge of situations than I am. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.

  3. This is a good word, CG. Thank you. I must admit, I have a, “That’s not fair!” button I like to push from time to time. Precious time and energy is then wasted ruminating about someone or something that I perceive has harmed me. What a waste of time!

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