Everything in life is an opportunity to see just a little differently than before. Problems come and go in life but what we do with them and how we think about them determines the degree of new life we let in. The challenges come to all.One of the reasons the Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness for what should have been an 11-day journey was that they were complaining.
"So the people spoke against God and against Moses, Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, nor is there any water and we loathe this miserable food"
A bad attitude was poisoning their minds. They don't appreciate what God did and they are blaming God for everything. (Sound like us?) And they are blaming Moses. God brought to them the miraculous manna sent daily from heaven to feed them and they hated it.
One of the worst things about complaining is that it keeps us blinded and prevents us from seeing all the blessings we do have. There is enormous healing and power to change when we are "thankful" for what we have. But the human tendency is to blame God.
The blame game has always been a problem on earth.
We don't see all the blessings God plans and purposely gives to us daily but we do see the things that happen that hurt us.
When we start finding things to be thankful for, we develop a Godly attitude toward them and we stop complaining. That is when our circumstances begin to change.
Truthfully it wouldn't have mattered what God did for them because they were committed to complaining. They had created a grumbling habit which kept the blame or responsibility off of them and onto God.
Keep in mind that sometimes things happen, not as a result of our fault, but it's just life.
Once the disease of complaining struck, it became like a virus and infected them all. They were negative about everything.
When the 12 spies were sent into the land to check on the fruit, ten of them brought back a negative and evil report, and only 2 had a good report. The negative group saw only impossible problems, but the 2 faith-filled, positive men saw opportunity.
This is how the enemy keeps us unhappy and going in circles.
The enemy wants us to be defeated and unhappy. They may have asked themselves why they were encountering so many problems but the truth is they were their own worst enemy. They chose to keep complaining.
The enemy in Canaan wasn't any bigger, or more powerful than the enemies the Israelites had already faced. And even if the situation had been worse, why wouldn't God have given them another miracle? They were His people, and He loved them.
But because they never accepted responsibility for their own wrong actions, they remained wandering (stuck) in the wilderness for 40 years.
Everyone experiences "troubles" in life. Next time don't allow your thoughts to gravitate into blaming. Speak out loud or on paper, listing everything God has done for you. When I first did this I was blown away at the peace and comfort that came after wards.
These little helps you hear about in the "self-help" genre but the truth is God taught it first. It is in His Word. And it still works miraculously today.