Monday November 5, 2012
How often do you grumble?
I am so guilty.
And I’ve noticed I grumble most in the middle of other grumblers. It’s like it’s contagious or something.
What’s the problem with grumbling?
When you look up the word in a concordance, you see pretty quickly it was the Number One sin of the Israelites after they left Egypt. They witnessed the power of God firsthand as all those plagues were visited on Egypt, and their departure (laden with jewels) was nothing short of miraculous. But in the desert, they grumbled. Big time.
And that didn’t work out so well for them. They wandered longer and those who left Egypt didn’t survive to see the land of promise.
The more I think about grumbling, the less attractive it appears.
It models Satan, the patron saint of discontent. Not who I want to be likened to.
It contradicts my faith. When I’m grumbling, I’m expressing a lack of faith.
It’s not really who I am. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (I Peter 9).
It accomplishes nothing. Grumbling is a step backwards. It doesn’t help me or those around me. In fact…
It drags me—and those around me—down. Scripture tells us to speak “only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph. 4:29). My grumbling doesn’t help others; it hurts them.
It’s caught up in circumstances…so when I grumble, I am, too. But we’re called to rejoice not in circumstances, but in God, who IS good.
He works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).
I'm linking up with Laura, Jen, and Michelle today.