Today’s exhortation – stop complaining!
I believe nothing robs us of our blessings more than complaining! It may seem that complaining is being honest but it leads to unbelief and fear and ultimately stops us taking hold of what God has for us. As a matter of fact God hates complaining and destroyed the Israelites who complained in the wilderness on their way to the promise land. The bible says that, “Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when He heard them His anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.” Numbers 11:1). Ultimately, their complaining prevented them from entering the promise land!
The bible says that God works everything together for our good so even when we go through hardships we can be sure that they too will work for our good. Time and time again God comes through for us, but because of our impatience, we end up complaining. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). Let’s make a conscious effort not to complain because by doing that we are allowing unbelief and fear to come in and that’s what the devil wants. As the bible says, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:18). Amen