If we are going to read the entire story of the Israelites in the wilderness, it seems that God is listening to the same music over and over again and the title of the song is “complaints.”

The verse in Exodus 16:8 reads, “And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

God provided the Israelites food, the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, water to drink, and when they got tired of eating manna, God gave them meat to eat. Even their sandals were not worn out in the wilderness. But despite all the blessings and provisions God had given them, they still murmur and complain.

But even though they were complaining, God continued to listen to them and provide for their needs.

This story reminds us that sometimes we complain about small things and we forget to see God’s great blessings bestowed upon us.

The Bible does not encourage complaining, but instead, the Bible encourages Thanksgiving.

So next time you start to feel uncomfortable and begin to think about complaining, think about the all the blessings God has given you, it will redirect you to Thanksgiving.