Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt.There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.


‘If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,’ they moaned. ‘There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death’.” Exodus 16:1-3 (NLT)



The Israelites were in bondage in Egypt. It seemed that they had quickly forgotten the chains that held them in bondage as their stomachs growled. God had walked the people out of Egypt in grand fashion. They plundered their neighbors then the Red Sea parted and their enemies were swept up in the sea. God had put on quite the show for them. But, it didn’t take too long for them to forget. As they were on their new path, they kept looking back instead of ahead. They thought that God had treated them more fairly when they were in bondage than when they experienced freedom. Freedom was uncomfortable, and they could no longer go back the way they came. The path back to Egypt had been closed when they crossed the Red Sea. They thought they had what they wanted to satisfy their appetites in Egypt, but they were really lacking the very thing they needed.


Complaining usually occupancies us when we are uncomfortable. Instead of seeing our situations for the victory we have experienced, we can easily see how its inconveneint and uncomfortable. How many times have we wanted to go back to some other day that seemed easier? Our memories fail us in times like this because time separates us from the hardship and struggle we experienced a year ago or even ten years ago. Stop trying to go back the way you came because you feel uncomfortable. If God closed the door, then there is no need to wait for it to open. The answer we need is ahead not behind us.


Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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