Say What? 👄
“This mouth of yours will get you into trouble”. I have heard this quite a few times and I bet you have too. For some of us, all or most of our issues are the result of what we say. Marriages have crumbled and spouses estranged because of words, we have lost jobs, promotions, our children, relationships because of our mouths.
As they trekked through the wilderness, the children of Israel found out the hard way that their mouths would lead to their undoing. As they exited Egypt free at last, as they walked on dry land in the sea and watched in wonder as the same sea that kept them alive swallowed the chariots and horsemen of Egypt, their joy was boundless. When they got to the other side, they praised God like never before. Their hearts overflowed with gratitude because they had just witnessed and been the subjects of the greatest escape ever from death.
Then they felt hunger pangs. Their stomachs began to growl. Their gratitude turned into ingratitude. Their praise turned into complaints.
“And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:3. God rained bread and meat from heaven for them. Their throats felt patched from thirst and they spoke against the Lord again: “And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Exodus 17:3. God directed Moses to bring water from a rock.
It became their pattern though. Every time they were hungry or thirsty or no longer liked the food they had, they would speak against Moses and God. Finally they provoked the Lord to anger with their incessant murmurings. He sent venomous snakes into their midst and many among them died. Numbers 21.
Like them, sometimes we act like God has not done anything for us. Our words, complaints, and murmurings can shut the door to our blessings and cause people who can favor us to change their minds. Let us learn to be grateful and to always find something to be thankful for. Replace your grumblings with gratitude today.