Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me – Psalm 50:14-15
After their miraculous deliverance from the land of Egypt, the children of Israel observed the plagues that God brought down on their enemies. They saw the Red Sea divide so that they might cross on dry land. They saw the Red Sea destroy their enemies who would have enslaved them again.
After leaving the Red Sea, they traveled for three days, but found no water to drink. When they came to Marah, the water they found was bitter. They began to murmur and complain, but God miraculously made the water sweet and drinkable. He then lead them to Elim, where there were 12 wells of water, but then they began to complain again because of the lack of food.
You know, of course, that a murmuring person has no confidence in that which they murmur against. Murmuring is:
- A manifestation of a lack of gratitude
- A manifestation of a bad attitude.
- A manifestation of a lack of faith.
DON’T COMPLAIN: PRAISE!
In Psalm 50, God says,
16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, 17 Seeing you hate instruction, And cast My words behind you?
19 You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit. 22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers
praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”
Murmuring is the opposite of praise. If we want God to bless our lives, then we must obey the word of God and do the will of God. Yes, bad things happen, but God has already done so many good things for us, we ought to just praise Him anyhow!
God needs some “Hallelujah, anyhow” people!
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:4-31, Psalm 50:14-19, 22, 23.
Adapted from the sermon, “The Message of the Manna”, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.
DID YOU KNOW?
To “murmur” translates a Hebrew word “raghan,” which suggests the malicious whispering of slander. In the New Testament “murmur” also suggests indignation and fault-finding.