1997-01-13 - Murmuring
Philippians 2:14 "Do all things without murmuring"
There is a well known statement that a grouch always looks as if he were weaned on a pickle. Recently someone wanted me to complain about something and join their "cause". I would agree with them in their cause, but the last thing I wanted to do was complain. The thought of complaining only made me more thankful for the thing I was being asked to grumble about. Grumbling is something we all do more than we should. Sometimes grumbling is needed, most of the times it is sour grapes. Often grumbling is done because we want what someone else has or we want something better than we currently have. It happens in various forms, but it might be summed up best with the phrase "if only". If only I had more money, I could really serve you Lord. If only I had not made this or that decision, I could be a useful servant in your kingdom Lord. If only you had created me with the stamina that so and so has, I could do more things for you at church Lord. If onlys are pathetic. And yet we all have if onlys. Some of us thrive in the land of if only. If only is the land of excuse.
We need to hear the words of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and let them resonate in our heads. He says, "Ten minutes praying is better than a year of murmuring". What have we ever gotten from complaining about our situation? I have gotten nothing, in fact I have learned that discontent breeds discontent. We need a higher standard than this. Our Christian profession should be adorned with an appropriate temperament. Some thoughts:
"Murmuring is a time-destroying-sin." Thomas Brooks
Soli Deo Gloria,