The people of Israel complained loudly against Moses for having brought them out into a wilderness where there was nothing to their liking. “Better to have died in Egypt!” they said.

“It was the Lord who brought you out,” Moses told them(Ex 16:6-8). “It is against the Lord that you bring your complaints, and not against us.”

Let us beware of rebellion against the Lord. Circumstances are of his choosing, because He wants to bless us, to lead us (even through the wilderness) out of Egypt, that is, out of ourselves. Settle the complaint with God, and it will settle other things. Be offended with God, and you will be offended with everyone who crosses your path.

—Elisabeth Elliot

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