“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”
Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV
Grumbling as art form
I have found that the evening is a great time to pause and consider the state of ones life. In my own, there is quiet in the evening, as I have the luxury to put on some soft music and take the time and think. As I reflect, I am setting the stage for the my walk with Jesus in the days to come.
This morning, I caught myself grumbling, pondering issues that tick me off. Just as I began to grumble so much, that the conduct of my day was in jeopardy, I could feel the still small voice off the Lord moving on me and reminding me that I was grumbling about things in others, of which I too am guilty.
The reality of my hypocrisy stung me, and conviction followed. I stopped and confessed my sin to the Lord.
Grumbling has become an art form in our world, as everyone grumbles about everything. Some of the grumbling is political, with those out of power grumbling about a particular issue, and then grumbling the opposite stance once they are in office.
It has indeed become an art form, polished with practice.
I encounter few people who are really content in these present times, as everyone is lacking what they think they ought to have. The verse in Philippians is instructive to the follower of Jesus, as we are to be above reproach. The problem with grumbling and disputing, is that it can lower the Christian to a fleshly level, not reflective of the higher calling that we have in Jesus.
One thing I want to do less of, is grumble in the coming year. When I grumble I lose sight of the great mission the Lord has given all disciples. We are called to go at tell the world about Jesus. I have to wonder how many times my grumbling has blinded me to opportunities to share the Gospel with people the Lord has placed right in front of me.
I wonder how many times my light has been dimmed, and I have spoken darkness into a ever darkening world.
It especially bad to give into grumbling with the brethren, falling into disputes over petty things that have no weight in the light of eternity. The evil one rejoices when people who belong to Jesus go after each other.
“Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.”
James 5:9-10 NKJV
It is far better to endure struggles with fellow Christians than to strike out. God has placed us in the place where we are as His way of refining us, bringing lessons in humiliation and patience, that we be more effective servants.
He is building His corps of ambassadors, to be sent into the world to tell all of the great salvation in Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, let us rest on the fact that Jesus provided reconciliation with the Father, by paying for our sins on the cross. It is. By God’s grace that we are saved. Let us extend grace to one another.
Let us also extend grace to those the Lord has placed in authority over us, whether they be the pastors and overseers placed in church, or those who have been elected to serve us. Rather than grumbling, let us be praying for them. One of the sad realities the church in America today, is that we have neglected prayer.
The great Charles Haddon Spurgeon once wrote words that are very meaningful to me, so much so that I often tape them into my bibles. It is a great thing to ponder at the start of each day, and a reminder before I get lost in grumbling.
“Let your thoughts be psalms, your prayers incense, and your breath praise.”
Have a blessed evening, my people! Sleep well.