Watch What You Say

“And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore (why) have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread (food), neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light (worthless) bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”

Numbers 21:5-6

I was privileged to be born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I spent four years in the state of Illinois, but outside of that, I have lived in Arizona most of my life. I am familiar with the pros and cons of this desert, and I love it dearly. I could not imagine being somewhere else, and I am grateful that God has placed me here. I would always say that if God were to take me home and I was not in Arizona, I would want to be buried in the state I call home. We enjoy beautiful weather eight to nine months out of the year. I never tire of seeing the beautiful sunsets, and I amazed by God’s creation in many parts of this great state. There is, however, one elephant in the room when talking about Arizona.

When I tell people where I live, the #1 thing they say is, “Isn’t it really hot there?”, usually followed by, “It’s a dry heat though, right?” Yes, it is hot and yes, it is a dry heat. I never quite understood the dry heat comment. I sometimes reply with, “Turn your oven to 120 degrees and stick your head in there for two minutes and tell me how dry you are”. The summer is fast approaching here in the Valley of The Sun, and the temperature is gradually rising as the days go by. My son was born on summer solstice, and it is typically known as the hottest day of the year.

In the middle of the summer, the common topic of the day is how hot it is. I would like to think it is an astute observation, but when you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, it simply is a nod to the obvious. We often forget the other beautiful months as we endure the hot months of the year. Arizonians complain for days about the heat, especially the ones who have been here a lifetime. We forget that God placed the sun in the sky and led us to live here. We forget we are complaining about our Creator, and we forget we are speaking against our God. We complain about what God has allowed and given us, and we long for that which is either past or not yet here. We complain of how hot we are in this heat, and we speak ill of that which God has provided for us.

We would be wise to watch what we say and who we say it to. We must remember that God is always listening to the words that come out of our mouth. When the Israelites complained in the desert about their God-given manna to eat, God sent serpents to bite those who spoke against Him. There were many who died and learned the hard way for speaking against the Almighty. I have never been bit by a serpent, but I have spoken ill against my God.

How about you friend? Are you guilty of speaking ill against God? Have you complained instead of being thankful for that which God has provided? May we have a grateful heart for what God has provided, and may we not speak against Him when things do not go our way. God is always listening, so may we praise Him instead of complaining against Him.

Stay in the Fight!

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