Read Exodus 15:22-27.

Have you ever noticed that the people who do the most griping, complaining, and murmuring are often the most blessed? Think about it. In America, we enjoy freedom and prosperity, yet many people can’t help but be ungrateful. At the same time, those with very little are often the most joyful. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because the more a person has, the more they want, and the more dissatisfied they become.

The Israelites in the wilderness had been given so much. God Himself heard their cries and delivered them from slavery. He brought ten miraculous plagues upon the nation of Egypt and even parted the Red Sea to bring them across on dry land. God’s very presence was with them in a pillar of cloud and fire. And yet, even with all of these gifts, the people were constantly whining to Moses and Aaron.

Without God’s Spirit renewing us day by day, we are not very different from those early Israelites. Our old nature is prone to dissatisfaction, discontentment, and discord—to complaining, griping, and criticizing.

In contrast, our new, Spirit-filled hearts are filled with thanksgiving and praise for God’s blessings. So if you find yourself struggling with dissatisfaction today, ask the Lord to help connect you with your new heart in Christ. If you know Jesus, He has snatched you away from the jaws of hell and brought you into His glorious Kingdom. This is reason enough to celebrate and praise God today and every day!

Prayer: God, forgive me for being so hard-hearted so often. I confess that I am prone to grumbling rather than resting in You—my all in all. May my heart be overjoyed as I consider Your Gospel. Change me, Lord, so that I might honor You with a grateful heart. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’” (Exodus 15:24).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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