"The time that Israel spent in the wilderness was challenging, and it did not draw out their
best behavior. Many of them seemed like professional complainers, viewing themselves as
customers of God rather than as people called to fulfill God’s plans. Unfortunately, they
complained about God’s provision more than they praised Him for it. This is still a problem
today, isn’t it? When God provides in a way we don’t like or want, we become frustrated
rather than thankful. We are not customers of God; we are His children and the builders of His
Kingdom. In our reading today, we see a very tough response from God to this complaining, to people who always see something wrong, and expect God to make them happy. Our attitudes toward God should not be taken lightly. We should take cues from the book of Psalms that tells us repeatedly to Praise the LORD. This gets our attention off ourselves and onto what we know to be true: That we have a God who is good, and who loves us.
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