TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, February 13, 2019:
A discontented mutter; a growl; complaining.
Do all things without complaining or disputing.
These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to get advantage.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We all grumble at times and grumbling is nothing new. Moses heard grumbling and griping among the Children of Israel just three days after he led them from slavery into freedom. We read in Exodus 15:24 about the people complaining against Moses saying, “What shall we drink?”
Faced with the scarcity of water and food in the desert the people longed after the abundant resources they had in Egypt. So, they grumbled and complained and they forgot the joy of their new God given freedom from slavery and they lost their trust in God to provide for them.
Time and time again as the Israelites encountered danger, shortages or inconveniences, they complained to Moses. Moses took their complaining to God and as always God provided for their needs.
Centuries later, Samuel, as Israel’s last judge, felt the weight of grumbling people as he sought to represent God to his generation. Samuel, a man of prayer and a great prophet led Israel well. When he was old, he appointed his sons as judges but they turned out to be corrupt. The elders came to Samuel, (I Samuel 8:4-9) telling him that he was old and his sons did not walk in his ways honoring God so they wanted a king appointed so they could be like all the other nations.
Israel was called by God to be a holy nation separate from and unique from all others. God was to be their King. The peoples desire to be like other nations were in opposition to God’s plan for them.
Although Samuel carefully explained all the negative consequences of having a king, they would not listen. They chose to reject God’s way. They continued to grumble so God gave them their way and the result was the eventual destruction of Israel.
In the above verse in Jude, written by Jude the brother of James who both were brothers of Jesus, Jude describes the apostate members of the body of believers in the early church. He tells us that they were grumblers and complainers and had the ability to express themselves in “great swelling words” to impress and deceive people.
Jude also said that “These are the men who divide you.” There can be no doubt that grumbling is divisive and harmful. This is why Paul admonished us to “Do all things without complaining and disputing.” They were not only grumblers but desired to follow their own evil ways. Believers that grumble are not a positive testimony for the Lord.
The Israelites vented their dissatisfaction with God’s will and ways in the time of Moses. And in Samuels day the Israelites grumbled against God’s way. Believers are still grumbling today.
We need to avoid grumbling and complaining because we belong to God and we are serving Christ. Instead we are to rejoice and thank God for all that He has done for us. When you feel like grumbling, take a moment and count your blessings and see what God has done for you and what He has brought you through down through the years.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 13:4.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.
Help me to be willing to serve others with an attitude that honors Your name. When I face the evils of life or events that just do not go my way help me not to grumble but may I have a humble and loving spirit that shines out loud and clear to those that do not know You as Savior.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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