“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”
- Grumbling and disputing (other versions say arguing and complaining) are a sign of weak faith! Our sovereign God is in complete control of every situation and circumstance we face. When we maintain our joy and seek God when times are rough, others will see the true Light of Jesus in us. Our other option is to just blend in and react like the world without Christ does. It is pretty ironic that we pray for peace in our lives and then exhibit these two traits (which are the opposite of peace) while claiming to have peace because we have Jesus Christ in our lives. Imagine what your witness for Christ would be if you cut out your griping, arguing, and complaining. People have come to expect complaints and gripes but what if we removed them from our lives? Folks would want to know what was up. That would be the open door of testimony and your opportunity to share Christ. Let us glorify God by being a thermostat that sets the temperature, rather than a thermometer that reads it.
- How long can you go without arguing or complaining?
- If you believe Romans 8:28, why would you complain or argue about what God is in total control of and has put before you for your own good?
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Forgive us Lord for arguing and complaining about circumstances or situations that you have allowed in our lives for our good and your glory. Please give us the strength and desire to joyfully obey your instructions. May you be glorified in all. Amen