Moses – Grumblers in the Desert


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Sermon Notes

How many of you have been around people that just seem to love to grumble and complain? They grumble about the weather, the people they work with, the lines at the grocery store, the refs at the football game, they complain about their spouse, they complain when they don’t have a spouse, the list goes on and on.

I’ve been around quite a few grumbling people. I guess we all have a tendency to grumble. It gives us a false sense of superiority. By grumbling in the lunchroom, we can take on the government – the boss – the leadership. We can take on the governor or the mayor. We can grumble about them and let everybody know that we’re smarter than them, until – we’re a legend in our own mind.

We all have the tendency to grumble, even if there is no reason.  It’s one of the ways we deal with problems. We all have this tendency to grumble, even if there is no reason.

Why do we grumble? There are problems in our society and in our families. Grumbling is one of the ways we deal with these problems. We have a choice. We can choose to resolve the problem through counseling, simply talking to the person, or asking God for wisdom and insight. On the other hand, we can choose to just grumble about it. The easier choice is to grumble, but this doesn’t necessarily resolve it.

Grumbling gives us a false sense that we are dealing with the problems, but problems are everywhere. There is not going to be a perfect scenario; no perfect marriage; no perfect government; no perfect wife or husband. (My wife married the last one!) There just aren’t any. There is no perfect ministry; no perfect job or no perfect church. We all have accidents. We all have natural disasters. I’m sure those of you who have children understand.

Problems will arise in a greater way because of the vocation we choose. If we choose to be a hermit, that’s one thing. However, if we choose to work with people, the potential for problems will increase exponentially.

In Hebrews chapter 11, a chapter in the bible often referred to as the “faith chapter” a guy that had to deal with more than his share of grumblers is listed; his name is Moses.