I was at the store one day with my children. All of a sudden I hear: “Noooo! I don’t want to. Give it here. I want it. I want it. Nooooooo!” My children look at me and I give them the momma look.
If you have children you know that look. That look that says: “You do realize that we do not play those games. You do not want to try me like that.”
We all have seen it at some point, right? We are either thinking about how we would respond to this embarrassing tantrum, maybe how the child has been raised (or not raised), how the parent of that child will handle the situation, or based on the vibes we feel, start praying for that child because when they leave the store…momma may not be as calm. The end result of our thought (or at least mine) is…”he/she is spoiled.” 🤔
According to the dictionary, to be spoiled means:
to give (someone, such as a child) everything that he or she wants; to have a bad effect on (someone) by allowing too many things or by not correcting bad behavior
The children of Israel became spoiled like that child. They had many tantrums. The Lord heard their cries for help to be freed from bondage. The Lord responded and freed them. Once freed, they complained of not having water, food and even said they would’ve rather stayed under bondage to Pharoah than die in the wilderness. The Lord still provided. They raised up against Moses. They taunted God by saying they would make a graven image and that image would become their God. Might I add, they did all this complaining while walking to a blessing.
God doesn’t raise spoiled children. He sent corrections in the form of plagues, diseases and death for taunting Him and speaking against His servant Moses.
The tantrums of the children of Israel didn’t come without a cost. God finally became frustrated. The first generation of Israelites angered God so much, that He did not allow them to inherit the blessing He had waiting for them.
“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the LORD have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.”Numbers 14:27-35 NKJV
How could Israel ever question God’s love and refuse to respond to it, after all He had done for them? We do the same things today.
- We taunt God and threaten Him with returning back to sin if He does not do what we want Him to and when we want it.
- We complain about not having what we desire, even while our needs are being met.
- We get furious and angry, talking to the Spirit and “compraying”. Compraying is really complaining but we call that praying.
- We place our own lives in deathly quicksand and then blame God as if He placed us there.
- We talk against and about God’s people and His leaders, on things we have no understanding of.
- We become angry and bitter at a gift – the gift of life, that quite frankly, we did not have to receive…all while walking to our blessing, which is eternal life with our Savior.
- We question the validity of Jesus, following after other gods.
As spoiled children, we want to receive from God our Father, through Jesus; we want the perks of having a Father who can give us anything, but we take Him for granted.
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings:” Philippians 2:14 KJV
I do not doubt that some of our trials and issues we face today are not because of a spiritual suffering, but a direct result of being reprimanded for our complaints and murmurings that have come to the ears of God. And as Moses continued to plead on the behalf of the children of Israel, the Holy Spirit pleads as well for Jesus to have mercy on us.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26 NKJV
Let us not wander through life like the wilderness the Israelites experienced. God has provided us with divine direction, through His Son Jesus, for us to inherit a blessing that No man has seen, heard, or even entered into His heart, what The Lord has prepared for us.
“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 NKJV
God created you out of love, with a specific purpose, for an eternal relationship with him. His love for you is greater than your sin and He proved it by continuously granting His grace and mercy. I urge you to not allow God to become fed up with your disrespect towards Him.
Get up! Do not allow yourself to die and get caught up in the wilderness of life. Stop complaining while walking to your blessing. There is an eternal promise waiting on you if you just keep going. I’m praying for you and I hope you are praying for me as well.
“So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” Colossians 1:9-14 NLT