There are some sins that we commit, that just don’t seem so bad. Everyone does them, so we think that we are justified in joining in. At these moments, God’s perspective always helps us to set it straight.
One of my constant sins is complaining. Reading Numbers 11 recently helped to put things in perspective.
Israel had been delivered from slavery by the mighty hand of God. God had protected them and was providing for them every day. But, it was not enough for them. They complained at the food, being tired of manna. So, God responded to their complaining. He did so in a way to show how He hated their complaining.
God gave them fresh meat by shifting the weather and providing quail across the land, whey they gathered and ate. Here’s what we read, “While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the Lord was kindled agains the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very severe plague” (Numbers 11:33). Some died in this plague.
I’m going to try to think of Numbers 11 the next time I’m tempted to complain.