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Turn back again to the book of Exodus—Exodus chapter 34. The cure for complaining is not found in changing our circumstances, but rather gaining a proper view of God.

· Do you really believe that God has your best interests at heart?

· Do you really believe that God knows what He is doing?

· Do you really believe that God is good?

Look at Exodus 34:5: “Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.’”

And that is a wonderful description of our God. He is kind to us. He is gracious to us. He is good to us. And He deserves our gratitude and thanks.

On September 13, 2004, Oprah Winfrey celebrated her 19th season on TV. She celebrated by giving away a new car to every person in her audience that day. The 276 audience members were selected because friends or family had written about their need for a new car. One couple had 400,000 miles on their two vehicles. One mom wrote in that her son drove a car that looked like it had been in a gunfight. Oprah began by calling 11 people out of the audience onto the stage. She gave each of them a brand new Pontiac G6. Then she distributed a gift box to everyone in the audience. She told them that one of them contained the keys to a 12th new car. But when the audience opened the boxes, each one had a set of keys in it. Oprah started jumping up and down yelling: “Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!” There was pandemonium on the set as everyone yelled and hugged each other. Then they went to the parking lot of Harpo Studios to see their cars, all decorated with giant red bows.

But one writer comments, “All is not well in Oprah Land. Now the people who received...

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