I wonder how did Moses feel whenever the Israelites grumble to him. In Chapter 17, his frustrations were expressed when he cried to the LORD "What shall I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me." (Ex 17:1-9). Did the Israelites forget that Moses was just a man who was sent by the LORD to save them from slavery? That he sacrificed his time with his own pleasures to obey God and rescue them?
I went into this point of my Christian life. I was self-centered. Only wanting what I could get. Then wanting even more. "What's in it for me?" I couldn't help but make sure of that. Yet as I see people serving the LORD whose lives are Christ-centered, I begun to look at mine and reflected on what's pleasing to Him. Moses could have just left the Israelites on their own and turn away from God's calling. But this is not about him. Nor this is about us.
When God called Moses, He told him who He is. He is the God of his father-Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When Moses took heed to the voice of God, he saw His wonders. His powers rescued the Israelites through him despite his weaknesses. When the LORD willed to save the Israelites from Egypt, He rescued them in the midst of impossible hurdles. He led them in compassion and never left them again.
God reveals Himself to us, not just to know Him, but for us to know the necessity of our obedience to Him. We submit to His sovereignty because we know His authority. We tremble at His throne because we know His justice. We believe in Him because His power is no other. We love Him because He first loved us.
We serve God, not men. Let's not count merits of what we do to people and wait for recognition. We say "yes" to God, thus in Him we have our reward. Let our calling be true in our lives, in every thing at all times.
So how did Moses take Israelites' grumblings? He took God's calling seriously.
"But be sure to fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you." 1Samuel 12:24
Reading: Exodus 17-19