At some point and time in your life, you may become dissatisfied and uneasy. You may even find yourself experiencing one disappointment after another, one challenge after another, or even one heartbreak after another. During these trying times it is not uncommon to find yourself grumbling, murmuring and complaining about your present situation. The problem with this is that you hurt God when you do this, and you attack God’s Sovereignty. As bad as your situation may seem there is always somebody else worse off than you. Therefore it is very important to appreciate where you are, and what you have even in the midst of your situation. Instead of you being the one with no shoes on your feet, you could be the one with no feet. We have a lot to be GRATEFUL for!
Listen up! When we murmur and complain this displeases God, and He expects so much more from us. In the midst of our situation He wants us not to grumble or be bitter, but to acknowledge that He is able, and knows ALL about our situation. Whatever the situation, please be assured it did not catch Him by surprise. Therefore, we need to TRUST Him, and follow His LEAD!
Let me bring to your attention some instances of grumbling and complaining by the Children of Israel. Now there was a time when “…the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of them in the outskirts of the camp.” (Numbers 11:1) Also, there was another time when the children of Israel said, “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic, but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except manna before our eyes. (Numbers 11:5-6) Hold tight, I have one more example for you. There was a time when the spies return from searching out the promised land and return with an unfavorable report. “So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! or if only we had died in this wilderness! (Numbers 14:1-2) Do you see a pattern here? God had already led them out of Egypt (the land of bondage), but they were so ungrateful to the point that their complaints continued to grow, and they made slavery sound like a picnic. They would have rather remained in slavery or even die. How awful!
Therefore, when you don’t see God leading or moving the way you think He should, I caution you to refrain from grumbling, murmuring, griping and complaining, and to THANK HIM FOR WHERE YOU ARE, AND WHAT YOU DO HAVE. Let me take a moment to enlighten you. When you murmur, it is actually against God, and murmuring and complaining is a sin with serious consequences. For the Israelites He said, “The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.” (Numbers 14:29)
In closing, “those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” (Proverbs 21:23) So, Lord “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) Therefore, when faced with trials and disappointments refrain from murmuring and complaining, because MURMURING AND COMPLAINING WILL KEEP YOU FROM THE PROMISED LAND. Shalom!