And the staff of the man whom I choose shall sprout. Thus I will make to cease from me the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against you. —Numbers 17:5

And the LORD said to Moses, “Put back the staff of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept as a sign for the rebels, that you may make an end of their grumblings against me, lest they die.” —Numbers 17:10

Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise. They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord. —Psalm 106:24-25

And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel. —I Corinthians 10:10

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, —Philippians 2:14

Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! —James 5:9

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. —I Peter 4:9

            Grumbling is complaining and as we can see in the verses from Numbers above the grumbling is actually against the Lord. Yes, we may be grumbling or complaining about a person or a situation, but who ultimately is in control of all things. Therefore our attitude is not really against that person or situation, but against the Lord God Almighty who is sovereign over all things.

            Therefore grumbling is a form of unbelief and rebellion against the Lord.   It is unbelief because we do not trust our Lord for the situation, but rather have other expectations. It is rebellion because we are not allowing Him to use the situation in our lives to accomplish what He desires. We grate against what He is doing in the situation. It is actually very serious. Do we look at it that way? We are told not to grumble against each other and the reason given is because “The Judge is standing at the door!” When the people were complaining to Moses they were really complaining against the Lord.   There were times when our Lord plagued many people, even to death because of their grumbling against Him. Do we see the seriousness of grumbling? Oh that we would!

Dear Father please help me not to grumble about any person or situation, but instead to trust that You are working through them to accomplish You desires. Oh, may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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