My husband’s grandmother taught preschoolers for years, so I especially appreciate this magnet on her refrigerator: “No Whining.” God says there’s a time to weep, and a time to laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4), and wouldn’t the world be a more pleasant place if we could discern the difference?
After God rescued the Israelites from slavery — from slavery — they began to whine about food. Oh, they had food, and they didn’t have to work for that food, but it just wasn’t the food they preferred. Moses told God, “They weep all over me, saying, ‘Give us meat'” (Numbers 11:13). They’re whining caused God to become angry and Moses to become stressed out (v.10).
What’s your latest bellyache? Is it worthy of weeping, or would a good belly laugh help you focus on the goodness that God is pouring into your life?