Do All Things Without Complaining (Philippians 2:14-16)

In Exodus 15 we read about the song of victory that the people sang after God had delivered the people from Egyptian slavery. God had worked a miracle, causing the Red Sea to part and the people walked across on dry land. Not only this, the Egyptian army that was pursuing them was washed away as the Red Sea crashed down upon them. Verse 22 of Exodus 15 tells us that three days had passed since that great miracle of crossing the Red Sea when they came to Marah, but could not drink the water because it was bitter. The scripture says, “And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?'” (Exodus 15:24). God solves this problem with another miracle, making the bitter waters sweet. The people depart and grumble against Moses and Aaron again, wishing they had died in Egypt where they had food to eat (Exodus 16:2). We read these events and we are stunned by their grumbling and complaining. How can they complain and grumble when you consider all that God had done for them? Do they really think that God brought them out of slavery only to let them die on the way to the promised land? Do they really think that God would not provide for them?

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