“And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.”
I Corinthians 10:10 (NLT)
Life can be hard. Not everything works out the way we plan. That is why God created us with the capacity for resilience. By faith, we can return to joy from negative emotions. But returning to joy is a choice. Sadly, instead of joy, many times we choose to grumble. Grumbling is different than simple negative emotions. Sadness, disappointment, even anger can be natural reactions to difficult situations, and with time spent in reflection, we can find our way back to joy. But grumbling is different. Grumbling, unchecked, becomes a bitter root that destroys faith, hope and joy. It grows and festers, blaming, attacking and rebelling against any and everything that would be cause for its pain. Grumbling eventually attacks the very sovereignty of God Himself. It is an offense to Him. So today, let us check ourselves. Are we letting anger and frustration get the best of us? Are we blaming and complaining? Is it possible that we are spending more and more time grumbling? If so, let us heed the warning of Paul and stop. Let’s not let grumbling get the best of us.
Father, forgive me for complaining. Forgive me for my critical spirit. I have let these lead me into grumbling against You. I am wrong for lifting my voice against You and ask Your forgiveness. Instead, Father, help me return to joy.
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