Murmuring And Disputing
By G. E. Failing
"When the people complained, it displeased the Lord" (Numbers 11:1).
It always does! Complaining is discontent with what God has given or allowed. Paul never complained, though he certainly must have been tempted to do so. Instead he testified that "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Philippians. 4:11).
Complaining is costly. "His (the Lord's) anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them" (Numbers 11:1). It was not a fire of purity but of judgment upon the murmuring of the people.
God's word is clear: "Do all things without murmurings and disputings" (Phil. 2:14). He who complains draws God's judgments upon his soul and body. (See 1 Corinthians 11:30-31).
The remedy? "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph. 5:20).