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Murmuring Breeds Lies (Deuteronomy 1:27)

Introductory Thoughts

In Deuteronomy 7:7-8, the Lord expressed His great love for the nation of Israel. In the midst of this declaration, the Lord provided reasons why He placed His love upon this particular nation. In Deuteronomy 1:27, the people began to murmur and their murmurings bred lies. They stated that the Lord brought them out of Egypt to destroy them because of His great hatred for them. Their statements were completely false. This is true in most circumstances when people turn to murmuring. The problem gets exaggerated and the truth corrupted. Fabricating lies helps the one murmuring to feel better about voicing the complaint. Interestingly, the truth is usually not worth murmuring about.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Read Numbers 21:5. The people spoke against God and Moses by complaining there was no bread. They lied because in the very same verse they showed their wicked hearts, for God had given them bread. They simply hated Gods provision. The Lord was very displeased with their murmuring (Numbers 21:6).
  • (For everyone): Have you ever heard someone say, We dont have anything to eat? Was that really true? Most people who complain like that have plenty to eat. Why did the person speak a lie rather than speaking the truth?
  • Do you lie when you murmur? Does the Lord approve of this lying? Does the Lord approve of your murmuring? Are you willing to repent?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to forgive you for murmuring.
  • Ask the Lord to convict you the next time you begin to murmur.