“Why didn’t God let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat? You’ve brought us out into this wilderness to starve us to death, the whole company of Israel!” Exodus 16:3
Whining has become an American pastime. People sit around in coffee shops, the kitchen table, desks at work, etc., and most often someone has to whine about something. Pastor Mark reminded us this morning that when compared with most people in the world, we have no reason to whine.
My mother’s first two grandchildren were born in Japan. Upon their return to the states as toddlers, mother announced, “I need a washer and dryer for these kids.” She had been using her wringer washer in the basement and clothesline in the back yard until 1969! Mother was a product of the “make do” generation. Better yet, she never whined about the chore.
During the great exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land, the people whined because they were used to their old conditions—working too hard, the poor living conditions, and daily rations. God listened to their whining and sent them quail and manna to sustain their bodies. Moses reminded them when they whined, they were whining to God, not man.
Pastor Mark said whining comes out of being dissatisfied with what we have and being out of balance in our minds and souls. And, he added, one can’t worship and whine at the same time.
Thank you, Lord, for putting us back into balance through your loving grace. Amen.