"...And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD." - Exodus 16:8b NKJV
Leaders have tough jobs. Without a doubt. Good leaders work hard and fulfill their roles not because of power or prestige but out of a sense of a higher calling to be good stewards of the talents and abilities they possess. In spite of their efforts to perform their duties to the best of their abilities, most receive less positive feedback than they do negative feedback or criticism. It was no different back in Moses' day.
By God's hand, Moses and Aaron had just led the nation of Israel out of bondage in Egypt. However, the people were not satisified. In fact, they were hungry, complaining and longing for the good ol' days back in Egypt. In reading Moses' statement to the people that their complaints were not against he and Aaron but against God, I thought further about the nature of their complaints as well as how this could apply to us today. How could our complaints be against God?
- When we complain, we question God's ability to complete the work he has begun in us our around us.
- When we complain, we question God's character. We fail to trust that God is by nature good and wants what is best for us.
- When we complain, we question God's wisdom and elevate our own thoughts and ways over his.
Complaining indicates a lack of faith, a lack of trust and a lack of humility on our parts. Maybe our complaints really are against God. Please keep in mind that I am by no means saying that we should never voice our opinions or concerns to God or to the people in positions of authority over us. However, an examination of our attitudes before we share our thoughts might go a long way in ensuring that we are heard more effectively.
Janna Rust is a Life/Business Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.