BE NOT A GRUMBLER!
Your grumbling is not against us but against the LORD. —Exodus 16:9
Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD? …the people grumbled against Moses —Exodus 17:2-3
And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not? —Exodus 17:7
And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel. —I Corinthians 10:10
Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! —James 5:9
To grumble is to complain, moan, protest, grip, object… When we grumble, who are we really grumbling against? When complain, who are we really complaining against? When we moan, protest, grip or object, who is this really against? This is a very serious thing as we consider Who it is against!
When you grumble against God’s leaders you are grumbling against the Lord according to the verses above. When you grumble against the Lord it is a testing of the Lord according to the verses above. Because of grumbling many were judged unto death and we are told in James 5:9 that if we grumble against a brother or sister we will be judged! Wow… we need to be careful in this thing called “grumbling!”
Are you grumbling? Beware as to Who you are really grumbling against. Yes this is very serious. Have we thought about this? May we do so and stop being a grumbler. We need to continually acknowledge Who it is that is Sovereign and that we are not! We need to realize and acknowledge that God knows what He is doing and so often we do not. We need to trust Him in the difficult situations as well as the good. Do we really believe that He has our best in mind at all times?
Yes, we need to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because YOU KNOW that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:2-8). We need to remember that the way we respond in trials affects all our ways and not just the trial we are in. Hmmmmmmm…. Do YOU KNOW?
Dear Father may I trust You in the good times and in the difficult times and not be a grumbler. Oh may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!