Do All Things Without Grumbling
I am not a prophet. And yet, I can tell you about our future. We will have, yea, even today, breathtaking opportunities to grumble and complain—mark my words. As sure as the sun rises from the east and sets in the west, as sure as water is wet and as sure as Pastor Toph is a Cubs fan to the sorrow of Pastor Dave you will be tempted to bellyache about something…very soon, probably even now as you scroll through the length of this “short” devotional. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Don’t be caught unawares when the option to complain about your children, your singleness, your spouse, your church, your in-laws, your house, the MLG rotation schedule, your car, your job, your finances, your plans, traffic, masks, COVID-19, social media posts, God, Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, protests, defunding and abolishing the police, stress, the President, the future President, Congress, the Supreme Court, congregational singing, crashing applications, slow applications, old applications, job applications, the weather, boredom, unmet needs, unanswered texts, ignored voice messages, lack of sleep, a flood of suggestions about what you should do, Zoom, FaceTime, Google Chat, late packages, gas prices, food prices, food delivery prices, the toilet seat being left up, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, other people complaining, constant whining of your children, constant whining of someone else’s children, constant whining of adult children, grammatical errors, complications of shopping, adjusted store hours, anxiety, Lecrae, Louis Giglio, Karens, criticism, a closet full of clothes and yet nothing to wear, packing, unpacking, church reopening plan, a lack of new Marvel content, cancel culture, New York Times, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, school options, homeschooling, modified vacation plans, racism, sexism, ageism, and the neighbor’s barking dog (should I go on?) present itself to you.
When the temptation to grumble and complain assaults your soul in the near future, remember Exodus 17. The children of Israel complained after seeing WATER.STAND.STRAIGHT.UP. Grumbling, murmuring, and complaining are deceptively easy to fall into. Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11 — Now these things happened to them (Check out 1 Corinthians 10:1-13) as an example, but they were written down for our instructions, on whom the end of the ages has come. And then, during the onslaught of the temptation to complain, cry for strength to love and obey Philippians 2:14-16: 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, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ, I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Lord, help us all!