“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.”
One way a person can learn how to please the LORD is to see what displeases Him. If something doesn’t make someone happy, the opposite action then will make them happy. If something were to annoy your spouse, the opposite action would bring enjoyment. If a simple study of what displeases someone is done, you will discover what brings them delight.
It says about the people in the verse above that they “displeased the LORD.” It is sad that the people whom God delivered from Egypt were so prone to displeasing Him. God tried to help them every step of their journey to the Promised Land, and yet they were not appreciative of what He did for them. Five things are revealed in the actions of the children of Israel that displeased the LORD. If you don’t want to be a person who brings grief and displeasure to your LORD, you would be wise to avoid the same actions. Let me share these actions with you.
First, complaining displeases the LORD. Complaining about what you have is telling God that His blessings are not good enough. You must be careful not to get a complaining spirit. The best way to avoid a complaining spirit is to appreciate what you have and not to expect anything else from God or others.
Second, running with the wrong crowd displeases the LORD. The children of Israel had a “mixt multitude” among them. You can’t expect yourself to do right when you associate with a crowd that loves the world more than they do the things of God. Your associations always affect your actions and spirit towards the Christian walk. You must keep the right associations if you want to have a right spirit and a proper outlook towards the Christian walk.
Third, an inverted vision displeases the LORD. Israel said, “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt…” It is sad they remembered the fish, but they didn’t remember the beatings and slavery of Egypt. A faithless vision often causes the believer to forget the heartache and bondage of the world from which they came out. You will always have a transposed vision when you don’t walk by faith.
Fourth, a thankless spirit displeases the LORD. Israel said, “…our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna…” Every day they got to eat from the hand of God, but that wasn’t good enough for these people. Every day they got to eat from God’s kitchen, but they thought Egypt cooked a better meal. An ungrateful spirit makes the believer loathe the blessings from God’s hand because they have a taste for the world. Everything that God gives you is good, and you should be thankful that He is merciful enough to give you what you have.
Fifth, disparaging the Holy Spirit displeases the LORD. The manna that God provided had the “taste of fresh oil.” The person who doesn’t appreciate the presence, power and performance of the Holy Spirit will bring displeasure to the LORD. Never disparage the work of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, or belittle a great work of the Holy Spirit in a church or a big day. You will find yourself on the opposite side of the LORD when you trivialize the powerful works of His Holy Spirit.