A lot of things take two weeks. Every construction project takes two more weeks to finish. Christmas break is two weeks. When you quit a job, you give two weeks notice. The Covid lockdown will last… you guessed it, two weeks. Some medical tests take two weeks and so does getting a DMV appointment and so much more. One thing that rarely takes two weeks is our complaining. We are quick to complain about everything in our ‘instant’ microwave convenient society. We actually should do everything without grumbling or complaining. But, give a little credit to the Israelites who waited two whole weeks to decide they were better off in slavery in Egypt. How short-sighted and forgetful we can be when it comes to God’s blessings, provisions, and miracle working power. Let’s determine to give God a little time to ‘do His thing’ in every situation before we complain.
The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” Exodus 16:1-3 NASB
Are my petitions and prayers before God, thinly disguised complaints of a spoiled child? Or have I matured to some degree? Do I demonstrate patience with others. Can I go two whole weeks without complaining?
God, as this day begins- I have praise and gratitude on my lips for what You have done with the project I am fasting about. You are providing and bringing into fruition the ‘project’. Thank you. I am concerned (not worried) about how to finally pay for it all. But, look- You are providing beyond my ability. So, again- no complaints, only gratitude, faith, and expectation. Now, I pause to pray for that special someone. Would you show Yourself to be real and present in her life. Hear her cries and be attentive as You have always been to me.