The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” Exodus 16:1-3
The Israelites had been on the move for more than 45 days. Even after they experienced multiple miracles, they still grumbled and complained. It would be a trait many people today would associate with these former slaves from Egypt. What’s the cure for their discontentment? There was none. If they couldn’t be satisfied with the wall of water that surrounded them as they passed through the Red Sea on dry land mere days ago, nothing would satisfy. That one miracle alone would last me several years. But they were operating in a mob/crowd mentality. It probably only took a few people who voiced their dissatisfaction before it infected the entire group.
We see today how infections spread. As I write this the coronavirus is spreading. Because it has a 14 day incubation period, thousands or even millions of people could have been infected around the world. You don’t see the symptoms for 14 days and then it’s disastrous. It’s even more problematic because of the international nature of business and the speed at which we can travel from country to country.
Gossip and innuendo are like that. They spread and spread, and before you know it whole untruths have been passed around before someone confronts it head on. Often, it’s too late because the damage has been done.
We used to sing at church camp, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up from its glowing,” a song that touched upon evangelism and encouragement.
Unfortunately the opposite can be true too. It only takes a spark to start a forest fire.
That spark could be that unkind or grumbling comment we make about someone.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6