Grumbling, Part I

by Sis. Kim McDougal

“And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.” – I Corinthians 10:10 (NLT)

Life isn’t fair at times. We all have stories of being hurt or disappointed. Some of us have even grown up in terrible circumstances. But when God gets a hold of us, if we allow Him He can and will return us to a state of joy and contentment EVEN in the midst of turmoil. However, what undoes all God’s plans for us is when we use our mouths to grumble, complain, and even speak negatively about our life and spreading that to those around us. Grumbling is literally slapping the Hand of God when He’s trying to encourage us to return to joy. He didn’t promise that we wouldn’t have trouble in this life, but what He did promise is that He’ll always be with us. He is able to deal justice, able to heal from the inside out, able to encourage and lift up our spirits…and the key to this IF we let Him.

Words have life whether you’re speaking positive or negative. You affect those around you with your words especially if you’re raising children. They mimic what they see you do and say. If you’re holding in a lot of bitterness and you speak that, how do you think that might affect them or your friends and family? Grumbling left unchecked and not dealt with can leave you in state of destruction. And God doesn’t want that for you or I.

Today, are you holding some anger in, maybe for years? Or, maybe you’re struggling to forgive someone for hurting you, perhaps you’ve had some horrific life experiences and it’s left you hurting. Whatever state you find yourself in, let God in. Talk to Him and give Him your pain. And most importantly, heed the call of our scripture and do not grumble.

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