Be Grateful and Do Not Complain
(from Moses and Old Testament Law)
It is incredible to see how quickly the Israelites started to complain and lose faith in God. Not even one week since leaving Egypt and they already started to complain. We can empathize with them a little, understanding how precious water is to life and how their expectations after deliverance were not exactly met. But there was no excuse to complain to the same God who just released them from hundreds of years of slavery! Why did the people complain? Psalm 106: 12f tells us the reason: the people forgot. We often read the phrase, “we are a forgetful people,” and while that may be true, what are we really forgetting? When we don’t look back and remember past deliverances from oppression/sin, we can forget and not be grateful. God’s people did not remember that the Lord delivered them from slavery, and we cannot forget that He has delivered us from the bondage of sin. A grateful heart is a heart that remembers past deliverances and learns not to grumble while living in a twisted and crooked society (cf. Philippians 2:5-18).