You have been going around this mountain long enough. Deuteronomy 2
In this passage, the children of Israel had been taken out of Egypt where they had been slaves for over 400 years. The Lord led them into the desert where he was taking them into their promised land – it was a land flowing with milk and honey. The bible indicates that this was supposed to be an 11 day journey, however, it took 40 years. As a child of God, the word says that ‘He who began a good work in me, is well able to complete it’. You and I are constantly under construction and I have been humbled once again as the Lord has revealed something to me that I have been in denial about. The revelation came after me crying out to God because of a difficult situation I am in. In my cause that I am pleading with him about, I felt that I was justified in some things that I am asking for, however, I felt so immature because of something that he had given me. He gave me exactly what I had asked for and for 9 months all I have done is griped and complained and have been miserable with what he gave me. I wanted this thing more than anything, and now I am being awakened to the fact that I have been unappreciative and disrespectful to God.
The reason the children of Israel had wandered around the same mountain range for 40 years is because they had been taken out of slavery, but they refused to allow God’s process to take the slavery mentality out of them. It was their attitude in this place that was between slavery and their freedom is what kept them wandering for years around the same mountain range….The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me and the miracles I have done for them?” Because of the griping and complaining, God would not allow that first generation to enter into the promised land. The reason for that is because God did not want that generation to negatively affect the next generations by repeating the griping and complaining or what would be considered a generational curse. But Moses interceded for Israel and asked God for forgiveness (14:13-19). God replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, … not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers”
I was exactly where they were. There are things that I am being held back from because of my mentality. I have been crying, praying, believing, preparing and prophesying my ministry into existence, I want it to happen! If God were to take me into the fullness of my ministry and I had not dealt with the curse of griping, I would probably complain about my busy schedule, how tired I am, or how demanding people can be. I want a bigger house and I am sure that I could complain about how hard it is to clean or how expensive maintenance is, etc. How about my husband?! God, I know you sent this man to me, but he irritates me so much! He is not affectionate enough, he’s too affectionate, he spends too much money, he always hurts my feelings, he works too much. God could give us an amazing job and we would complain about how long the commute is, we hate our hours, I am doing the work of 3 people or I am bored……. on and on we go with finding fault in the very things that we desired.
Like I said, we can always find fault in something. The antidote is gratitude. When we are grateful it is hard for us to be negative at the same time. Another thing that we are tempted to do is to compare our lives to someone else. We only see the exterior of someone else’s life, however, we have no idea what their struggles are or what they are going through. If we knew the whole truth, we would find that we do not want to walk in someone else’s shoes. We need to keep focused on the plans that God has for us and remember that no life is perfect. We are destined for a specific purpose and I cannot complete someone else’s destiny and they cannot complete mine.
I don’t know about you, but I want everything God has for me. I do not want to be like Moses and the children of Israel and be promised something and only be able to see if from afar. I want to be trusted to enter into the place of promise that God has for me, I am done taking laps around my mountain.
As you do some self reflection, do you find yourself in a place of griping and complaining?
Do you believe that complaining is treating God with contempt?
As you see some things that you are complaining about, can you see that in the long run they are trivial?
How can you shift your paradigm and become more grateful for what you have?