Not too long ago I had to renew my Driver’s License. If any of you have experienced the ‘new rules,’ you will understand completely what I mean. What used to be a simple task has become a half-day production. Just gathering the required documents at my home cost me an hour.
When I arrived, the number given to me was B42. As I scanned the room, I realized B42 would be awhile, and I found a spot over near the back to catch up on emails. Murphy’s Law; my cell phone did not have service. The little girl sitting in her mother’s lap next to me had just finished a lollipop and the sticky candy remained on her lips, hands, and shirt. Her son, a few years older, stretched out on the floor, blocking a possible exit from the aisle, playing a game on his Nintendo.
I hadn’t eaten breakfast, and the room smelled of molded cheese. Every face in the room looked frustrated and angry.
Just when I was preparing to complain, I remembered the nation of Israel bound in Egyptian bondage. God sent Moses to free them from slavery. After crossing the Red Sea and seeing God’s miraculous works there, they still complained bitterly.
Numbers 14:26, “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say…'”
Have you ever thought about how God feels when we complain? Grumbling, dissatisfaction, and annoyance all indicate a lack of trust in our God. It demonstrates discontent in our Leader, God. It says to Him, “This is not enough. Can’t You handle things better?”
There is a very specific reason God tells us to ‘wait’ on Him.
Isaiah 40:31, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Psalm 27:13-14, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Psalm 31:24, “Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who wait for the Lord.”
Psalm 33:20, 22, “Our soul waits for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we wait for You.”
The next time you feel the urge to gripe to God, “Why am I in this mess? How could You let this happen? Why can’t You hear me? I was better off…” STOP. Sometimes, the very thing we are complaining about, is the very thing God needs to use to work His plan.
My countenance changed, and I smiled at the little girl covered in sticky lollipop. I asked the young boy what game he was playing. The lady next to me quizzed, “Are you the Pastor of that big church on the hill? I’ve been thinking about visiting your church; my husband…”
There’s always a reason when we focus on God. Look for Him in all situations today and glorify Him through every moment.