Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
“It is so cold and rainy! I wish it were spring!”
“It is so hot and muggy! I wish it were fall!”
“It is too noisy! It is too quiet! It is too fast! It is too slow!”
“Those refs are terrible! “Those umps are useless!” “These games are rigged!”
“This phone never works!” “I always have to do everything!”
“These politicians are crooks!” “ALL they do is fight – they never get anything done!”
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Is it possible to do everything without grumbling or complaining? Or maybe the question for you is: Is it possible to do anything without grumbling or complaining?
Does your life revolve around YOU? Because that is what complaining is – the spinning desire to concentrate on yourself and your own needs, desires and comforts. What would happen if you stopped? Would you end up with nothing to say?
The purpose of not grumbling or complaining is so we can become blameless and pure. The assumption then is that if we don’t stop, we continue to be part of the warped and crooked generation doing and speaking what does not please God.
Complaining is actually an affront against God. It is disagreeing with the circumstances He has placed us in. Instead of being lights in the darkness of that situation, we make the darkness darker unless we choose to be the light with God’s help. Sometimes just stopping the complaint can bring a whole new perspective to a situation or hope to what appears to be a hopeless place.
My prayer for us this week is that we rejoice in our circumstances, giving thanks to God for using us for His glory in situations that call us to be the light in the darkness.