Moses is really frustrated and rightly so. The people have lost sight of all God has done for them, and instead of gratitude, they have moved into serious whining and complaining. Moses is disgusted with it all and goes to God with his own complaints. 10 Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the LORD became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. 11 And Moses said to the LORD, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? Numbers 11:10-11 (NLT)
Any parent can understand Moses’ frustration at the shortsighted and demanding attitude of the Israelites. God understood too and I love how patient He is with Moses. God understands, but He doesn’t immediately change the situation to make Moses happy. He has important things to accomplish, and a major one is the training of Moses as a leader. Moses is given 70 associates to work with him and all are given God’s Spirit in a unique way to equip them for their work. We also see Moses’ assistant, Joshua, by his side through this learning, right alongside Moses. This is important because years later Joshua will take Moses’ place.
The people who are complaining will also receive training, although theirs will be more painful. God is patient but He isn’t going to be coerced and be influenced by our whining. I wouldn’t want a God like that. Would you?