Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

A Problem with No Name

“Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the Lord; and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.” (Numbers 11:1 NASB95)

If you have read the story of the Exodus experience even once, you know how prevalent the issue of complaining was. The people griped, grumbled, whined, and complained day in and day out, year in and year out, decade after decade. In Numbers 11:1 the people are complaining of “adversity.” They had so much injured into a worldview of complaint that they even complained when they weren’t sure what to complain about. Adversity is simply a problem without a name. Remember the old song, “doom and gloom, and agony on me, deep, dark depression, excessive misery, if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all! Doom and gloom, and agony on me.” That must’ve been the national anthem of the wandering Israelites!

I’m not so sure you and I are all that far from many of these Israelites. Even though believers are instructed to think on the things that are good, lovely, and pure, our mind so quickly goes to our adversities. Church members are well-known for complaining over the smallest matters. Most church splits take place over issues which cannot be recalled or defined just a few months after the split occurs. Maybe, we’re just complaining about a problem with no name!          

In His Grace;

Dr. Randy White

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