Reading for Today: Exodus 17:1-7
Verse for Reflection: Exodus 17:4 (NRSV)
4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
For the second consecutive day, we read about the Israelites complaining against Moses on their Exodus journey.
Have you ever experienced people complaining against you: co-workers, friends, family members, even people you barely know?
When people complain, how should you respond? Should you yell, or shut down into yourself, or dig your heals in for a verbal “fight”, or slink away, or call the police, or threaten violence? All of these are ways I see people respond to complaints every single day.
Did you notice how Moses, a great person of God, responded when everyone around him, all the people, complained (and not just a little verbal complaining but threats of violence and death)? Moses turned to God and asked God what to do.
I wonder, how would your life be different if you responded to complaints by turning to God and seeking God’s advice?
Reflection task for the day: Try this for the day; be intentional; follow through. Every time someone complains to you, at you, or against you, instead of responding to the person and the complaint, pray for guidance from God. In your prayer, listen until you hear an answer. If you don’t hear an answer, don’t do anything in response to the complaints. See what happens.
Have a blessed day,