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God’s Frustration (Chinese/English)

EXODUS 16:28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”


God’s Frustration


From our passage, God had just brought the Israelites through the Red Sea on dry land.  As the Israelites watched the dead bodies of the Egyptians wash up on the shore, they broke out in worship and praise of the hand of God on their behalf (Exodus 14-15).


It was not long after they worshipped the Lord that they begin to complain against the Lord.  First, they complained about water.  So, God turned a lake that was bitter into water so that they might drink. Next, they complained about food.  Then God provided bread from heaven known as Manna, along with quail.  But God gave specific instructions regarding how the people of Israel were to receive this blessing.  Unfortunately, the people of Israel, like many of us today, disobeyed God in gathering the Manna which caused God a great deal of frustration and prompted Him to ask the question we see in the above passage.


Regrettably, we see a similar situation in the church today. God calls us to love Him with all our heart, with all our strength, with all our soul and with all our mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Yet, we find that many Christians place worldly pursuits above the living God, and even more troubling, you have Christians that do not love their neighbor, because their neighbor may be different from themselves.


While we are instructed as Christians to avoid marrying a non-believer, we should love them with the love of Christ, and pray for their salvation.


Another example of God being frustrated is a story regarding King Saul.  In I Kings 15, Saul was commanded by God to destroy the Amalekites. Saul failed to do so and it frustrated God.  As a result, God removed Saul from being King and replaced him with David.  Nothing frustrates God more than disobedience.  As His children, God does not ask us for much, but He does ask for our best.  We should give Him no less.


God bless you.


About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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One comment

  1. Hello Keith!
    Love this message – well done and so important.
    Thank you
    God Bless~

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