Exodus 16:8

And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.

It is too hot, too cold, too windy, too hilly, too wet, greens aren’t smooth enough, tee boxes don’t have enough grass on them, or the course is just too hard. These are a few of the excuses we often give during the course of a golf season. Many of these times we allow our attitude, desires, or mood to totally overthrow our enjoyment to do something.

Check out any social media platform and notice all of the complaints. The feed is full of problems with family, friends, fast food, politics, or the weather. We feel as if “blasting” something on Facebook has a chance of solving the problem.

How does God view our complaints when we reads our “satisfaction survey” or our review we post about our life experience? God has comforted many a people with the words, “their problem is not with you, but with me.” While in the wilderness, Moses heard the “murmurings” and the lack of unthankfulness. He revealed to them that their issue is not with him, but God Almighty. Such is the root of much of our discontent here on Earth. We allow our mood to dictate our satisfaction. We permit the devil to infiltrate our situation and turn against God’s plan for our life.

In 1 Samuel 8:7, the Lord revealed to Samuel that, “the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” People or things get in the way of our complaints. The restaurant waitress or department store attendant feels the brunt of our discontent. Sometimes service is bad and is in need of attention, but if we are honest with ourselves we realize many of these times we were in a bad mood or having a bad day. These people unfortunately got in our way.

It is easy for spiritual leaders and witnesses to feel much of the blame both internally and externally. We blame ourselves when the congregation or the sinner does not seem to accept “our” message. We feel we are failures if we seemingly unsuccessfully witness to someone or invite them to church with us. In Luke 10:16, Jesus tells us that, “he that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.” If we are faithful to God’s will and direction, it is He that is hated and it is He that is rejected. Instead, we try and personalize the rejection. Nothing we do in the Spirit is a failure. Seeds are sowed and will either be used for harvest or in judgment one day by the Almighty. Let us not allow the complaints of discontent take away our spiritual joy.

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