I’ve had it. I can’t take anymore. I’m done. God, I can’t do this anymore.
Have you ever been so fed up with someone or something that you were just crying out to God asking, “why me?”
I’ve had those days…all of my patients at work were a handful, I get home to a wife who is unhappy with something I did or hadn’t done, and the kids won’t stop arguing.
Sometimes it’s a day I’m struggling with my anxiety, and I can’t live out my life because of it. I’ve asked God, “why me,” many times in desperation.
In times like these, I have often not reacted in a way I should.
The Book of Numbers provides an account of Moses, yes THE Moses, losing it. The people of Israel were on their way to the promised land and God constantly was providing direction and plenty to eat. For at least the 2nd time, the people began to complain about not having enough meat and fresh vegetables to eat. They were tired of eating the food God provided, and wanted to eat something else.
After a while of listening to this, Moses got fed up.
Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. And Moses said to the Lord , “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people? They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!”
Wow! Moses just asked God to help him or kill him instead. Moses officially went off the deep end! Evidently he was fed up with his role as the leader of the people of Israel.
Even though Moses just lost it for a minute, he brought up some good points as he cried out to God.
1. He prayed. Moses was overwhelmed and his first instinct was to talk to God. He didn’t go berate the people who were whining, he didn’t go find a bunch of meat and vegetables, and he didn’t just walk away. Before he did anything, he sought council from God.
2. He asked for help. He couldn’t do it alone. He knew he had too many people to manage. He needed God’s help, and God provided Moses with 70 people to help lead the people.
3. He allowed God to work. Moses wasn’t able to provide food for hundreds of thousands of people. God had been providing food for the entire journey, and again provided in this moment (outcome of the story coming up).
This account of Moses crying out to God ends with Moses getting the people he needed to help lead Israel. God also provided quail for those who wanted to eat meat. Actually…He dropped so many quail into the camp that people gorged themselves on it. Those who ate the quail became ill and many died. Evidently the people didn’t know better than God. God had been providing for them the perfect food to eat. They didn’t need the quail meat. Moses had waited for God to handle the situation, which was much more complete and thorough then anything Moses could have done.
If we apply these three principles when we are fed up physically or emotionally, God will faithfully provide a solution.
2. Ask for help.
3. Let God handle what you can’t.
Unlike Moses…you may not want to ask God to kill you…just sayin’.