The people came complaining to them about all the hardships they [Moses & Aaron] brought upon them and all the things they missed in Egypt (forgetting it was not always good there!).And later, when they came complaining about no water, a frustrated Moses goes to God and cries out,
The people didn’t get it. They knew their God would save them. They knew their God would provide for them. They knew they were chosen. They knew they [man] could not create or provide for themselves without His help; yet where did they turn to during their ‘desperation’? First a man, Moses, and then themselves in a hostility and desperation.
If they have the knowledge of God, why did they not go to Him? Many will explain it as it being a way of the time, tribal responsibilities, or knowing ones place. While this can be demonstrated in future texts as being true, I believe there’s are bigger reasons, at least two that continue today. Fear and value.
Who do you go to first with a complaint or an issue or a praise? How many times is God the first person we speak to? Why not? Fear and value. Fear, we are afraid of the response, will we be scolded for the wanting or the wasting of God’s time? Will we hear the answer we don’t want to hear? We’ve learned over time that to open the conversation door with God guarantees an answer and it may not be the one we want (or want to do); so we rationalize its safer to not go there.
Then there is value. We think we are not worthy of God’s time or that the prayer is such a trivial one. God makes no one without value. That means that everything that makes that person up is of value, including even what you consider the smallest most bothersome prayer. Because we are everything to Him, we are to take everything to Him.