Ah yes. Whining. That
nagging dance our children, grandchildren and even our friends
employ. Why do people keep doing it, when it’s so irritating?
Because it works, that’s
The bible is full of
effective complainers. My favorite is Moses. God chose him out of all the
Israelites to save his people. He was the most humble of all men on earth. Perfect choice, right? But wow. That man was an Olympic-caliber whiner.
When God appeared to Moses,
and gave him his mission, Moses was less than enthusiastic. Trying to politely
decline the job, he told the Father that Pharaoh would never listen to him. God
responded by showing him the miracle of changing his staff into a serpent.
But Moses followed that up
with a classic complaint; he’s not a 'public speaker'. God points out that he
created mouths, so no problem.
And now for the final shot: “Oh
my Lord, send I pray, another person.” (Exodus 4:14).
No amount of protesting is
going to change God’s mind. The whining did not change Moses’ mission, but it
did have a favored result. Because of his bellyaching, God was moved to show
Moses how he could perform wonders with the staff. And it resulted in God
assigning a partner to walk the path with him. He assigned Aaron, Moses' well-spoken brother.
When I pray, sometimes I
think I whine too much. “What is the purpose of
all of this?" Or: "I can’t bear this right now.” Facing prayers like these, I wonder if the Lord plants his fingers in his ears.
But God wants to hear all my
prayers. To prove it, he lets me know I had holy company. Examples in the bible of his servants, who did not shy away
from grumbling, are numerous. Were they being ungrateful? I don't think so. Just human. Moaning and griping
are really just honest reactions to pain and confusion.
Take the Israelites in the desert (Please! LOL!). The Lord sent manna to feed them. Were they satisfied? Oh no. Let
the Whining Games begin. Now they wanted meat.
Not wanting to give up his
own Gold Medal in wailing, Moses becomes distraught, and cries out to the Lord:
“Did I conceive these people? Did I bring them forth?...I am not able to carry
all these people alone, the burden is too heavy for me.”
Our Father did not roll his
eyes and throw down a lightening bolt. He saw through the attitude, and discerned the
pain in their hearts. He listened and gifted. The Israelites got their quail.
God was so patient and
loving with the Israelite nation; Moses included. How much more will he listen and help me when I complain? I may not get a free
pass out of my suffering, but I will get the help I need to get through. Our
Father did not pinch his ears to block out
whiny Moses, and he will not do that
with me either.
Just like Moses, I need to reach the Promise Land. On my way there, Lord, please change me. Transform one of your biggest whiners, into one of your biggest warriors.
Linking today with: Wednesday Prayer Girls
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