Not long after God defeats the “gods” of Egypt, delivers the Israelites from hundreds of years of slavery, and destroys Pharaoh’s army, the Israelites complain to His messengers Moses and Aaron about mundane matters. Food and drink. And Moses and Aaron respond, “For what are we, that you grumble against us? … Your grumbling is not against us but against the LORD.” (Exodus 16:7-8)
As if the God who worked greater wonders couldn’t also work smaller wonders like provide their daily bread.
But maybe that wasn’t the main issue. Maybe it was more an issue of idolatry than ability. God worked miracles right before their eyes, but they were still ruled by their gods of belly and comfort.
As am I — even after He has worked a greater salvation in my life. The one that the Exodus foreshadowed.
Only God is sovereign. What is man and circumstance that I should grumble against them? My grumbling is ingratitude. It’s unbelief. It’s evidence of idolatry in my heart.
So what is its opposite? Giving thanks. Trusting God. Loving Him over His benefits. Worshiping Him — alone.