One of the significant things that Israel did wrong; which stopped them from entering the Promised Land was complaining. The Bible admonishes us to learn from their experience and not complain so that we are not destroyed.
Their complaining was termed as unbelief. Complaining is an expression of lack of faith in God; it is an indictment on God especially when you are taking actions on His promises (Hebrews 3: 16-19; 4: 1-2).
Every challenge Israel faced was an opportunity to complain and question God.
It is amazing that, so soon after experiencing God’s miracles in Egypt and His mighty deliverance, dying was the first thing that came to their minds as soon as they faced the challenge of crossing the Red Sea.
Whenever you face a challenge, bringing God into the situation changes the equation. Eventually, they did not die.
God used the Red Sea as an opportunity to demonstrate His awesome power; He parted the Sea and they crossed on dry ground. After crossing, Miriam led the women in singing praises to God.
Praise is the language of faith. However, it is more a demonstration of faith when you praise God before you have the solution.
Moses made Israel aware that God knew exactly what they were going through in the wilderness.
God knew that the wilderness was going to be tough but He allowed the children of Israel to go through the hardship so that He may test what was really in their hearts – their motives (Deuteronomy 8: 1-3). Usually, the problem is not the situation; the problem is the state of our hearts.
It is always easy to praise God when all is well. Can God brag on you as He bragged about Job? (Job 1: 8-12). The problem is not the size of the problem; the problem is the size of the person confronting the problem. That was Israel’s problem.
They saw themselves as grasshoppers and among all the spies sent to Canaan, only Caleb and Joshua had the right perspective (Numbers 13 & 14). We are not victims, we are victors. As long as they complained, they did not get into the Promised Land. The more you complain, the less you obtain.
In the school of faith, complaining is abnormal. You do not say things the way they are, you say things the way they are going to be (2 Corinthians 4: 13).
If you believe, you will say it. Once you are saying the wrong thing, you do not believe it. It is not dancing in church alone that makes for faith; it is what comes out of you when the situation is going wrong. Abraham left us with a great example.
His situation was imperfect and impossible yet, he held on to the promise from God (Romans 4).
We all have challenges and it is up to each individual to choose what he or she sees.
There is no situation that God cannot change. As long as you hold on, His promises for you will come to pass. He has never lied before. Praise God ahead of time as if it has already happened. See with your eye of faith (Romans 4: 20)