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God is Faithful – Forget Not All His Benefits

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Have you ever wondered why you go through the same problems over and over again? Have you thought about why, like the children of Israel, you seem to keep walking around that same old mountain and repeating the same mistakes? There IS an answer! God IS faithful but many times, when we are in the midst of a situation, we lose sight of all He has done. The Bible tells us to ‘forget not all His benefits’.

How can we turn our focus back to how God has worked things out on our behalf and for His glory when we go through tough times?

Read on!

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God is Faithful – But We Have Short Memories!

When we go through difficult times in life, it can be easy to forget what Adonai has done to sustain us in the past. We often become so hyper-focused on what we are experiencing in the present time that we forget how God has worked in our lives, our communities and in our world in previous times.

We can easily fall into murmuring and complaining about what we are experiencing RIGHT NOW and lose sight of all the things our Abba (our Father) has done for us previously.

Forget Not All His Benefits – The Children of Israel

The Israelites did some murmuring but for the most part, they outwardly complained! They complained to Aharon (Aaron), they complained to Moshe (Moses) and they complained to Adonai!

Exodus 16:2

There in the desert the whole community of the people of Isra’el grumbled against Moshe and Aharon. CJB

That about sums it up!

Exodus 16:3:

The people of Isra’el said to them, “We wish Adonai had used his own hand to kill us off in Egypt! There we used to sit around the pots with the meat boiling, and we had as much food as we wanted. But you have taken us out into this desert to let this whole assembly starve to death!” CJB

 

The basically said that their Heavenly Father, the One who freed them from slavery in Egypt, should have just killed them off! They recalled all their food and comfort; a comfort they didn’t exactly find so “comforting” when they were in the midst of it. So Adonai sends them food! He sends manna!

They complain after a while of the manna. He sends them quail.


 

Adonai is, over time, growing quite tired of their complaining.

Numbers 11:1

But the people began complaining about their hardships to Adonai. When Adonai heard it, his anger flared up, so that fire from Adonai broke out against them and consumed the outskirts of the camp. CJB

They looked back on their situation in Egypt, of their slavery, and remembered it through the lens of the discomfort they were experiencing in the wilderness. The irony is that the duration of their discomfort was due to their own grumbling!

When we see God work in our lives or answer prayer, we initially trust in Him and are filled with faith that He is with us and answers prayers! But like the Israelites, the next time trouble arises or we experience a wilderness moment, we can easily forget all He has done and cry out again!

We tend to see our past tribulations through the lens of our current troubles and remember them more fondly because that pain has passed. 

We should not live a life of faith that is based on seeing those miracle moments!

But like 2 Corinthians 5:7 says:

“…for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

 

Even at times when it our eyes are turned away and we don’t see how He is working in our lives, even when we feel our prayers aren’t being heard, we need to continue to have faith that He is still on His throne and He still hears us and He is actively moving in our situations!

God is Faithful But Won’t Reward Murmuring and Complaining

What is murmuring going to do for you? I think it is safe to say, God does not tolerate murmuring and complaining for very long. You will stay stuck if you make it a habit to complain about your problems versus facing them and taking them to God!

Don’t miss the lesson or the test God has for you in the trouble! Seek Him in prayer and ask Him what He wants you to take from it. The great thing about God is we may fail by the world’s standards, but we never fail with Him. Like Joyce Meyer says, we just get to keep taking the test over again!

So, stop walking around that mountain and take your cares, your failures, your mistakes to the One who tells you to cast them onto Him!


 

Forget Not All His Benefits – Murmuring and Complaining in Modern Life

Now it is an awesome thing to bring your troubles to others in prayer! You SHOULD seek prayer when you go through difficult times. But there is a difference between sharing a situation in order to receive prayer, and murmuring and complaining about the situation.

Not sure if you are a murmurer? Well, let’s define it for you and see!

Dictionary.com defines it as

mumbled or private expression of discontent

So the online equivalent of that is vaguebooking! We are making a seemingly private complaint but in the hopes that someone, anyone, asks us to elaborate!

Ever take to social media to air your dirty laundry? Ever pen one of those elusive “vaguebook” posts in an attempt to garner attention?

I get it! Sometimes when we go through some stuff we just want to feel like someone cares! So we pull that out of people by making them have to ask us what is wrong.

We want people to commiserate with us. We want people to tell us we are right to complain! And we want assurance…get ready for this one…that we are RIGHT!

Come on, can I get an amen?

The Israelites murmured and complained constantly and it kept them walking around that same old mountain for 40 years!

What mountain do you keep walking around?

Thanking God – Ways to Recall Your Blessings

There are some ways you can recall the ways God has blessed you so you can be sure you are thanking God for the times He has answered your prayers or heard your cries!

This will help you when you are in the midst of trouble because you will be able to recall the wilderness Adonai brought you out of!

  • Keep a Prayer Journal or War Binder

    • Keeping a War Binder is a fabulous way to have, not only a powerful prayer life, but to have a visual record of all our Abba’s answers to prayer! I will share a wonderful course my dear friend Sue Nelson of Woman of Noble Character offers on creating a War Binder below! It is a beautiful way to forget not all His benefits and also creatively worship Him!
  • Keep a Gratitude Journal

    • This is a daily tracker (or weekly or however long you want to space it out) of any praise reports or answers to prayer or just anything in general you are thankful for! Many of these things you can then transfer these into your War Binder later! But this helps you really focus on the good things God is doing in your life so, when things get difficult, you can recall all His blessings and how He has been faithful!
  • Give the Lord Praise!

    • We are quick to go on social media sometimes to vent or ask for prayer but let’s make social media a place of praise as well! Let’s fill social media with the praises of our Abba, our King! Be the stones that cry out! When everyone is asking ‘Where is God?” in our current troubled times, we can be the ones that shout out how He is working in the midst of them!
  • Pray Daily

    • Using the ACTS Method of Prayer can help you be sure you are focusing just as much on the Thanksgiving part of prayer as the petitions! Intercession is one way to remember His blessings! Staying in prayer each day and focusing on other people’s needs can help us take our minds off our our own troubles!

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Repeating the Same Mistakes In Life – Own Them!

We all make mistakes! We are human after all! But the question is, do we learn from them or do we continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over again?

Do we blame other people for our mistakes or do we really own them? If you make a habit out of blaming other people or blaming your circumstances in life you miss out on the potential lessons God is trying to teach YOU!

Adonai is faithful and He has a purpose for your mistakes! The only way we can see what God is doing through them is to own them ourselves!

God, Why Do I Keep Making the Same Mistakes? – Don’t Be Ashamed!

When we don’t accept them, we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes time and time again! It is ok to make them!! We shouldn’t be ashamed of mistakes and failures! Failure means you tried! What matters is whether or not you let your failures defeat you and define you!

We can wallow in our mistakes but that profits us nothing! Seeking God and the lesson He has for you in the mess is what helps us move on and avoid those same pitfalls next time! He is faithful when we seek Him!

Facing your failures and mistakes is so important if we want to move on from them and learn the lessons God has for us IN them!

If you keep experiencing the same problems in your life, it could be that you have avoided addressing them!

It could be that you chose murmuring and complaining about them instead!

So step away from that mountain you’ve been walking around! When God gives you a new beginning don’t repeat the same mistakes. God is faithful to bring you through your trials if you trust Him, forget not all His benefits and lean on Him! 

 

 

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Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.

 

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48 thoughts on “God is Faithful – Forget Not All His Benefits”

  1. Such an interesting post. I really enjoyed reading it. So true that sometimes we repeat the same mistakes, but as a result miss the lesson we are meant to be learning. I enjoyed this perspective.

  2. Ahhh, murmuring. This has been the topic around my house a lot these past weeks as I go through a 40 Day Word Fast with my neighbor ladies. The Holy Spirit doesn’t abide or move in an atmosphere of murmuring. Thank you for this post. I found you over at Holley Gerth’s site and now I know about your party!
    Blessings,
    Patti

  3. Thanks for writing this encouraging post. The whole idea of wilderness is something really poignant and painful to me. I think the idea of murmuring, when in its normal context, is that it is something said under our breath that is not meant for anyone else to hear, but apparently silent. So while complaining is more of a verbalised discontent said out loud, we can fool ourselves into thinking we’re not complaining if we’re full of that bitter and cynical attitude which fills our thoughts. It may not be verbalised as such, but it is effectively tantamount to complaining, because God knows our thoughts.

    There’s so much to talk about on the subject of wilderness. There’s also something to be said about voicing our complaints and frustrations to God, in that we’re at least still interacting with Him rather than completely withdrawing and walking through that wilderness alone. There’s a recent talk by Tim Keller you have to listen to which he gave while he was in London last week. It’s really relevant to this whole idea of wandering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulmaUtbayGY

    1. Thank you so much, Robert! I will check out the video! I think it is ok to voice our frustrations to God as long as it is productive. For instance, in my previous job, our manager used to tell us that we were welcome to come to her with a complaint, as long as we also come with an idea to make it better. If we didn’t come up with an idea for how the issue could be improved then we were just complaining. So I think if we go to God really seeking an answer or for help instead of just grumbling about something or whining about it, that is perfectly fine!

  4. It is so true that what God wants is for us to face the right way to process and learn from our mistakes. I sure did make some whopper repeater mistakes but I am so grateful that when I finally gave my mistakes and surrendered to doing it His way then God allowed even the mistakes to be a beauty from ashes stories in my life. His grace is amazing!!

  5. Diane, I appreciated your post and challenge that nothing changes if we don’t make changes and take some form of action. As you point out, complaining or murmuring a mumbled or private expression of discontent is just that – voicing displeasure or disappointment – but it does ensure that anything proactive is done to change that situation or circumstance. And yet, we often start complaining not just about the original circumstance, but about the fact the situation repeats and continues! As Christians we are called to own our own behaviour and also to rebuke others with truth, in love and grace. So if we merely complain and do nothing we are definitely not rising to the standards to which we have been called. Thanks for the post!

  6. I’m sure I have murmured or complained but never to get sympathy, I realized how blessed I am. Actually, I didn’t want to do FB thinking it was young people partying and crazy pictures, I stuck to Pinterest but I have found I can share there as well. It’s good to pass along experience. have a good dialogue without complaints.

  7. I believe that God doesn’t get angry at our complaining, but he does get upset when we do take our complaints and disappointments to others instead of to him. While I do think that God wants us to look for the joy in our life and situations, I do also believe that he wants for us to have a real relationship with him, including sharing our sorrows, disappointments, etc. In the examples you used, the complaints were not taken to God. Instead they were shared with others in God’s presence, which did make him angry.

    1. Exactly!! You nailed it on the head! Having complaints is fine except when we take it to people instead of Him AND unless our complaining is coming from a place of ingratitude (as was the case with the Israelites who complained every time God did something else for them!)! Thank you!

  8. Diane – great post – It’s so true – we must learn from our mistakes and move forward. No more complaining, blame shifting, or running, but face them head on so we don’t repeat them. Thanks for the linkup too 🙂

  9. Wonderful post. I remember reading the story of the Israelites one day and realizing that God takes our complaining very seriously. That was an eye opener. And it helped me with my complaining. Sometimes I think our society encourages us to complain. And that is not good. Complaining can make us momentarily make us feel good, but it hasn’t solved our problem.

  10. I love this – if we keep complaining we will stay stuck. Love the reminder to turn to God with our problems and stop running to others for attention and comfort. You see some people stuck in cycles and you want to encourage them and share this truth, but also doing it with grace. Love the reminder for myself – take it to God first!

  11. We have such a tendency to focus on the big or little troubles instead of the big and little blessings. We need to retrain what we notice and focus on. God showers us with blessings every day.

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  13. I’m so thankful that he is faithful even when we are faithless. More and more I appreciate this fact! Thanks for these reminders too that we can depend on him.

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  15. Such great wisdom here. Yes, I tend to wander around and make excuses up. I know what mountain I need to climb – GOD has made it obvious. Now to being obedient. Thank you!

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