What Does God Say When We Complain About Math?

A Devotional for Kids!

If you have ever complained about math I have important news for you. Scientists have just discovered that math can keep you healthy. 

When I was in elementary and high school I loved math.  I loved the challenge of figuring it out. But a lot of my classmates hated it, especially girls. (I hated other subjects, like history.) How about you?  Do you struggle with math and think it is useless? Maybe you think you will never use it after school? It’s true that some of us will never use all of it but it will definitely benefit you no matter which career you choose.

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Photo by “the mad LOLscientist”

Researchers have done a study recently which proved that combining math and medicine could help cure cancer.  They discovered that patients with a certain type of leukemia may be cured of it with a timed cancer vaccine. The timing is based on each patient’s individual immune response. The scientists combine biological date with a mathematical model to find a customized treatment plan for each patient. This fact makes me very thankful for math. And I have become thankful for history too.

Complaining or whining really has no benefit in our life although we all do it at times.  Did you know that God calls whining a sin? Murmuring or whining shows that we are ungrateful or bitter.

It isn’t wrong to make a complaint if something is wrong and needs to be fixed or changed.  If your bus driver constantly picks you up late and doesn’t get you to school on time a complaint is in order.

There are always times when things go wrong in our lives.  The teacher may throw a pop quiz at you for which you’re not prepared.  Your friend may disappoint you and not be there for you when you need her. Dad may be late in picking you up and you miss soccer practice. Things happen. Keep your eyes on God’s perspective and find a way to make things better next time.

If we get into a mood of complaining we start to whine and to pout; we become bitter people who don’t appreciate the good things in life.  We focus on the negative and become negative people. Complaining even leads to disobedience because we lose faith in God.

That’s just what the Israelites did in the wilderness.  They were tired of eating manna. They wanted to go back to Egypt, to their days of slavery and eat meat.  They were grumbling against God.  He sent them meat in the form of flocks of quail.  They had their fill but they also bore the consequence of their whining. God allowed many of them to die from a great plague.

“In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you.” Philippians 2:14 and 15 [The Living Bible] God wants us to be a light to others giving them hope in Jesus and His Word.

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I want to walk with you spiritually this year, inviting you to read the Bible through from cover to cover; from Genesis 1 all the way to Revelation 22:21.  If that sounds too difficult for you and your kids, you can join in again after you have taken a break or join us for the days you’re up to it.  I promise that you will understand the Bible in a much deeper way if you read it through from cover to cover in a year’s time.

Accept my challenge to read the Bible through in one year chronologically, including the Old and the New Testament.

Today read:
Numbers 10:1-11:23
Mark 14:1-21
Psalm 51:1-19
Proverbs 10:31-32

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