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And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me. (Numbers 14:26-27 ESV)

Do you grumble when things are not going your way? I have met people who seem to always make grumbling the major topic of their conversation. Once I have had an earful of their complaints about any and everything, I tend to try to avoid too many future conversations with them. After all, grumbling is like a communicable disease. Perhaps, when this occurs, I am not responding as a Christian should. I have a long way to grow in Christ, however, God promised Israel that those who were grumbling (age 20 and older) would die in the wilderness and never enter the promised land. (Numbers 14:28-30)

Numbers 11:1 tells us that when God heard the people of Israel complaining about their misfortunes He became very angry. Have you ever considered that grumbling questions God’s sovereignty and debases His grace? Constant grumbling is a sign of unthankfulness. It may even be a sign that someone has lost confidence in God. Paul writes:

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 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. (Philippians 2:14-16 ESV)

God is concerned about grumbling, complaining, etc., because if we claim to be Christians, our reputations reflect on His reputation. If we are not glorifying Him by our actions, we are diminishing Him. Paul explains that the grumbling exhibited by the Israelites resulted in the death of many. Paul concludes that this was written for our instruction and as an example to us. (1 Corinthians 10:11 ESV) We must not grumble because God is able to make all grace and the sufficiency of all things abound to us in the works to which we are called. (2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV) Try praying instead!

May the Lord keep our tongues blameless, innocent and ever holding to the Word of Truth so that our lights may shine in the darkness and doubt of this generation.

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  1. Dear brother greetings to you from India pleased for the blessed teaching and we are strengthening much spiritually please share more teachings. Your brother Evangelist Babu. India.


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