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Are you a grumbler? If so, does it bless and encourage you and those around you? Do you know what it means to grumble? Here are a few examples: Oh no, it’s time to get up. That car cut in front of me! My boss is unfair. The weather is terrible. All I ever do is work. Most of us can think of other examples of how we are tempted to complain. Adam and Eve were tempted to think God had held out on them and you know the result.
When we grumble we seldom think of it as being sinful. It usually upsets us, but that is about all – especially if we do it in a way that no one hears us. But when we read a Scripture verse such as I Corinthians 10:10 (NIV) it does give us pause to ponder: Do not grumble, as some of them did--and were killed by the destroying angel. That is a warning!
Pay attention to those words: Do not grumble.
Another verse that should get our attention is: Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! (James 5:9 NIV). More strong language.
Grumbling often seems a natural response to the difficult things around us. We hear grumbling nearly everywhere we go. But our Father wants us to give thanks always for all things (Eph. 5:20). Still, our natural tendency is to disobey. We often do not see our grumbles and complaints as God sees them, just as little children often do not see their faults as their parents do.
The good news is that there are ways to overcome our disobedient nature! And we should carefully consider them.
We can practice being thankful! God provides this as a way for us to overcome our fallen nature that wants to grumble. If we practice being thankful in everything, we can expect God to work something good out of every problem.
by Merlin Carothers
Sound too good to be true? That’s just what I once thought, but He has gradually convinced me that what He said is true. I had learned to grumble like an expert and never felt guilty about it, but then the Holy Spirit taught me how unhappy it made not only me and those around me, but even God!
When God created us He did not place a release valve in us to drain off the temptation to grumble. He didn’t plan for us to be grumbling. But since mankind did not follow His desires, God devised an incredibly loving plan. He promised to take everything that we might be tempted to grumble about and use it to bless us if we would trust Him to do so.
Remember how Jesus healed people when He saw that they believed Him. If we want God to do things for us we must learn to have faith in what He will do for us. Everything that helps us to grow in faith is a big plus! We need to be willing to do whatever it takes to increase our faith.
God takes all that has happened, is happening and might yet happen, and wraps them into His plan to help us in this difficult world. He wants us to believe in, trust in, and rely on Him, and He will take control of everything and force it to work for our ultimate good.
Yes, God loves us even if we grumble, but He has given us a way to have His power work in and through us. So, hear the words again: Do not grumble. Rejoice and be glad, always.
Do I sound like we will always get what we want if we are always thankful? Forgive me if I made it sound that way. What I mean is, we will always get what God knows is perfect for us.
God sent Elijah to the brook called Cherith. He did this because there was a drought coming on the land. Elijah was to drink from the brook and the birds would bring him food each day. Although many others in the land were suffering from the result of the drought, God had made provision for Elijah.
As time went by, Elijah must have been aware that the brook was beginning to dry up. Perhaps he had to scoop out a hollow in order to catch a bit of water to drink. The provision of God was no longer abundant.
But it was sufficient. God’s provision for us is always sufficient. We may not live in as nice a place as we would like. Our transportation may not be dependable. Perhaps our job is below our ability level. All these things are very humbling. We want a better standard of living; more money in our pockets.
But God’s provision is sufficient. As the Apostle Paul said in I Timothy 6:8, If we have food and clothing we will be content with that. Paul didn’t have a home of his own – not even a room in someone else’s home. He certainly didn’t have a closet full of clothes, or a pantry full of food.
But God’s provision – for Elijah and Paul – was sufficient.
I Kings 17:7 tells us: Some time later the brook dried up. Then and only then did the Lord tell Elijah to go to Zarephath in Sidon. Do you think Elijah was anxious as the brook began drying up? Did he worry about what he would do when the water was all gone? Or do you think he trusted God? We really can’t know, can we?
What we do know is that God provided. Not abundantly, but sufficiently. He provided a brook for a time, and later He provided a widow to take care of Elijah.
And He will provide for His own, those He has purchased with the blood of His Son, Jesus. Sometimes abundantly, sometimes barely. Either way, God wants us to know that His provision is sufficient. Let’s trust Him to know what’s best for each of us, at every point in our lives. The Lord alone is our security.
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