And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
 

11:1 people complained. The Lord is long-suffering, but there is a limit to His patience when we repeatedly complain about our lot. Our blessings–if we would only stop to evaluate them–are always greater than our difficulties. The people had complained often before, and God had supplied their requests, once even with quail meat (Exodus 16:11-13), as well as the daily manna, but this proved one complaint too many. Likewise, Christian believers today need to heed the apostle’s exhortation to “do all things without murmurings” (Philippians 2:14). Speaking of these very complainers in the wilderness, Paul warns us: “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer” (I Corinthians 10:10).


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