“Do all things without murmurings and disputings” Philippians 2:14
If there was a scripture in the Bible that I liked the least, this one was it for me. All throughout the day opportunities would come for me to find something to complain about, “This computer moves soooooo slow! I’m going to throw it out the window!”, “I just washed the dishes and now the sink is filled with dirty dishes again!”, “Am I the only one that notices an empty jug in the refrigerator?”, “Man its cold outside. This is ridiculously cold weather.” And it would go on and on whether in my heart, whispered under my breath, or spoken out loud. But if someone was to ask me if whether I was a “complainer”, I would quickly say, “No not me! I don’t complain as much as other people do. You should hear the lady at church. She complains about everything! ” But the truth was, I was a complainer and I had to learn how to stop. God began to reveal to me why He didn’t want me to complain. First, it delays His blessings from manifesting in our lives. The Israelites walked in the wilderness for 40 years and thought they were waiting to enter God’s Promised Land, when God was waiting on them to change the attitude of their heart and learn to be thankful. Secondly, it goes against why our tongues were created. Our mouths were created to praise God and tell of His goodness. Third, it is a poor witness to the world. When the world sees us complaining, it tells them that our God isn’t good, that He is not involved in our lives, and that He isn’t as awesome and truly amazing as our Bible says. We must settle it in our heart that we will bless the Lord at all times, in the morning as soon as we wake up, all throughout the day, and before we go to sleep at night. His praise will continually be in our mouths.
Prayer: Father, You are my God and I bless You. When I think about it, I really don’t have anything to complain about. You have blessed me with life, a relationship with you, and rich promises. I receive an attitude of thankfulness and praise in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Psalms 34; Psalms 103)