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Grumbling and complaining seem to be a common trend today. It also appears to be an age-old problem.

When I look at Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, we see the Israelites as they wander through the wilderness. They proceed for a time, and then the same complaint starts to appear over and again, "Did you bring us out here to die?". Not often do they remember what they were saved from or how they were saved; plagues and a trip through the Red Sea, to name a few.

These Israelites didn't remember the covenant that God made and so they chose to run the other way. Here’s the amazing part though, God would keep his end of the covenant. The people would return shortly, and then everything would be suitable for a time. Still all in all, they whined a lot.

I like to think that if I lived through that, I would have faith and hope that God would provide. But as I look at this story, I see myself in the Israelites. I gripe, complain, forget and doubt. But the thing that remains true is God. He doesn't change. He doesn't move. He is and will always be steady. This is the faith that I have, and it shapes me and makes me want to be in His presence more.

The challenge is to seek God when He seems quiet and when He seems not to care, because we know He does!

- Pup

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