Thursday, September 23 NL | BR

Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when He heard them His anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down. – Numbers 11:1-2

Hebrews 11:6 is a well-known Bible verse which mentions that if someone does not believe, he cannot satisfy God. Faith is essential in order to receive from God. The evil one uses two weapons to ruin our faith, these are fear and anxiety. You believe in God, but suddenly you notice that fear and anxiety come over you. Fear and anxiety are the greatest enemies of our faith. We have to fight against them so that our faith will not to be destroyed. We need faith as through faith we receive from God.

Disabling your own faith

There is, however, another thing which destroys our own faith and that is grumble and complain. The evil one uses fear and anxiety to destroy our faith, but we ourselves crush our faith by grumbling and complaining. In the Old Testament you read that the people of Israel started to complain in every difficult situation. You grumble and complain when you are not satisfied with the circumstances.

Reasons to grumble and complain

There are various reasons to complain. One is self-pity. You are sad because of what people did to you or because of your difficulties. Another cause is the longing for pity from others. Everyone should feel sorry for you as you are the ‘victim.’ Anger and bitterness could also be reasons to grumble and complain. For example, you are angry with God and influence others with your dissatisfaction.

I advise you not to feel sorry for people who have bitterness in their hearts. It is better to tell them to stop the grumbling and complaining. All these things come from unbelief. When your heart is full of faith and gratitude to God, you will say: ‘God is with me. God takes care of me.’ Then it does not even occur in you to complain.

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