When the nation of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, it went through the wilderness for forty years. That whole nation wandered in the wilderness until it was ready for what God promised. Every move Israel made was by the guidance of God. A cloud covered Israel by day and a pillar of fire guided it by night. During that time, Israel was supposed to learn to do what God wanted.
The same thing happens when someone becomes a Christian. A Christian does not do his own will because he does the will of God. It is easy for a believer to waste his time doing things that are not meant to fulfill whatever God has in store. That is what causes the wilderness experience in which a believer can so easily go through circles in life. One interesting thing is that the desert experience can help tell if one is ready for the next step in life.
The nation of Israel had its own milestones as it progressed towards what God had in store. However, in the wilderness God made sure the whole nation understood the importance of following his instructions. In the wilderness when things in Israel did not work out as expected, the people complained. Complaining is a sin because it is rooted in the thought that says that what I want done is what is important and not what God wants.
In other words, complaining means you are saying that you do not want to do his will because you are really just geared to doing what you want. It means you are not interested in what God wants, but in what you want. This school of thought denies the fact that God loves you and that he really cares about you. This does not please God because there in no faith in it.
In Numbers 11:1 the Bible says, “And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp” (KJV). When the nation of Israel complained against God in those circumstances it meant that it was interested in doing what it wanted and not in what God wanted.
The will of God was percieved as not being important, but today Christ teaches us that the will of God is important. In the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed just to make sure he was doing what God wanted. We all need to do what God wants. We need to do God’s will and giving thanks to God is really doing God’s will.
How do you look at your circumstances. Are you complaining about the way things are? Things can change if you trust God. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 the Bible says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (KJV). It is better to give thanks than to complain when you know you belong to God.
When Israel complained, God was not pleased therefore we should also not complain. We should give thanks to God because giving thanks in everything is the will of God. Beloved, just give thanks to God in you circumstances and in that way you will be proclaiming that he loves and cares for you no matter how things look like.