“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and His anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.” Numbers 11:1-3 (KJB)
Moses named the place “Taberah”, which means burning.
I do not know about you but I notice many people complaining. I catch myself laying in a complaint once in a while. There are some who are chronic complainers. Am I complaining now, revealing the actions of complaining? I leave that to your judgment.
The people God’s word speaks of above were people who had seen the mighty power of God in bringing them out of Egypt, providing water, food, and meat even in the desert. Yet, they complain about God’s care for them. My goodness people; why can you not be grateful? Especially to the One who has brought you this far.
Notice if you will this complaining caused the LORD great displeasure. So much so that it aroused His anger, and “the fire of the LORD burned among them, and consumed them…” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (Hebrews 10:31).
There are many who complain to draw attention to themselves. There is a selfish motive in most complaining. Some complaining is malicious, and seeking to arouse others to anger toward another; be it a administrator, or co-worker, or a fellow Church member.
One thing we can learn from the complainers in the book of Numbers is that we should be thankful. Gratefulness shows we appreciate the LORD God, His blessings, and the life He gives us. Thankfulness gives us a clearer outlook of the road ahead of us too.
The apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians…
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Look at what Jesus has done for us on Calvary’s cross; He died for us, was buried, and then He rose again.