“We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onion and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!” (Numbers 11:5-6)
Let us remember that this happened after God was able to successfully lead them out of Egypt, after all the miraculous signs performed through Moses, even after the parting of the sea!
How could these people forget what God has done for them? And how could they not remember how miserable they were in Egypt? All that they could think about at that moment was food, the kind of food they used to have. Have they already forgotten their slavery in the hands of the Pharaoh?
But are we any better then? Given the same situation, wouldn’t we be the same ones to complain?
What the Israelites experienced was CHANGE. No doubt they were in a bad situation. But even miserable situations could be seen as better and more comfortable than uncertainties of a new life God was leading them to.
It wasn’t easy adjusting to a new life. For them, it sometimes felt easier to be slaves again, free from all the uncertainties they’ve experienced since they left Egypt.
Such is the challenge of everyone seeking a change in life. Even if one knows something has to be done to find a better life, it isn’t easy to leave the old life behind. When little signs of discomfort or frustration comes into view, it is so easy to complain.
Complaining then is a sign of resistance to change. It is a sign of unwillingness to let go of the past and accept the better life God is giving you.