Lamentations 3:26 Wait Quietly

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It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26 

Waiting for something to happen is something that is not easy or fun to do for most people. People do not like to wait. They want things or their answers right now. No matter how fast it is, they want it just a little bit faster.

In the process of waiting for the answer, many people like to complain. They will complain about why it is taking so long to get the answer, complain about the struggle they are in, complain why others have it ‘easier’ than they do, and many other things to complain about. They are not quiet about the fact that they are having to wait.

Jeremiah tells the people that it is good to wait quietly for God’s answer, the salvation that was promised. He had spoken this while in exile and knowing that there was a promise to be returned out of exile.

Believers are not much different from those in the world with regards to complaining. They do not like to wait either. People pray to God for an answer, and immediately begin to complain because they did get the answer they were expecting right away.

Just as the Israelites groaned and complained in the desert, people moan and complain today because they have to go through some struggle or difficulty and God has not removed it from them.

As one complains, it is showing that he is not trusting in God’s better judgement of the situation. He is not relying upon God’s strength to make it through the situation.

Waiting implies trust. It is telling God and others that one believes what God has said in His word that He would meet all of his needs according to His riches in glory.

While you are going through a difficult situation, the first thing to do is pray to God about it. Then wait quietly trusting that God will guide you and help you in and through the situation.

Do not allow yourself to be disgruntled and begin to complain to and against God, because the situation was not dealt with immediately. Know that God’s timing is best and He will provide the needed salvation at the perfect time.

Just as you must wait until you are brought into heaven for eternity, you must wait here on this earth for salvation from some troubles. Give God praise while you wait quietly for His salvation.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will quietly wait for God’s provision; and that you will know God’s promises to you. 

Numbers 11:1 Always Seeing The Negative

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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

There are some people, that no matter what is going on, they like to complain. Things are never good enough for them. They are always looking at the negative side of things.

Workers will complain that their boss is horrible and is too rough on them, so one will leave that job for another job. At the new job, the same complaints will rise up again. It does not matter if something was improved or not, there are still more to complain about. People want a perfectly smooth sailing life, through every situation.

The Israelites had been crying out to God for mercy while they were in Egypt under slavery. They felt the burden of slavery, though they had a place to stay and three meals a day.

They were excited when God miraculously brought them out of Egypt. However, within a short time, while traveling in the wilderness, they found more to complain about. Even though they were being fed three meals a day, without having to work for it, they wanted to go back to Egypt and complained. God’s anger was aroused and He struck them.

There are many today who are the same way. They will always find things to complain about. Some believers are very guilty of this same thing. They always find things to complain about in the church, the sermon was too long/short, another person did not do something right, the chairs are too hard, the worship too long/short, or some other complaint.

They also complain about their work, family, the weather, and the list goes on.

Things could always be better, but as a believer, you must trust that God is already giving you what He thinks is the best for you. Instead of complaining, thank God for what you do have. Things can also always be worse.

Take time to give thanks for the blessings in your life. Take your eyes off of what you don’t have or how bad things are and focus on what is going right, such as, you have food, clothing, salvation, God on your side, and you are still living.

Don’t arouse God’s anger with complaining and seeing only the negative. God is blessing you, even today.

I pray today that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will give God praise for what you have; that you will trust God with what you are going through; and that you will never complain to God about anything.

Exodus 14:11 Quickly Forgetting What Happened

 

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They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” Exodus 14:11

The past can hold a treasure chest full of good things to remember. Not always are the things remembered necessarily good, but it is good to remember them. It can help to guide a person on the path through this life.

Remembering that the stove is hot when it is on and is touched is a good thing to remember. It helps a person to keep from being burned again. At the same time remembering how great a time was when there was a get together with some other person after a long period of time, can also be a good thing to remember. This will encourage the person to keep the relationship alive.

The Israelites had been under slavery for about 430 years and had been crying out to God for relief. God sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt. The process of bringing them out was to use great miracles to break down Pharaoh. They saw wonders that would blow the mind.

Yet, shortly after they left Egypt they came to the Red Sea and was trapped between the sea and the armies of Egypt. Immediately they forgot what God had already done for them and were crying out in fear against Moses. They thought that they were going to get killed by the armies of Egypt. However, God had a plan to save them and allow them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground.

Many believers, when they are in a troubling situation, are very quick to forget what God has already done for them. They forget about the guidance, the provision, and His love for them. Then they run or cry out in fear, instead of trusting God.

Each time you see God do something for you in your life, remember it. Then when a bad situation in life rises up, remember how God had already taken care of you. Give Him praise for what He has already done and trust Him for what He is going to do for you.

God will not leave you or forsake you. He is there to help you through every situation, no matter how big or small. Do not be quick to forget that and what He has done.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will know that God is for you and not against you. 

James 5:9 Don’t Grumble

 

Mountain sunrise

Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! James 5:9

People have talked about grumpy old men, but it is something that many people are like. Grumbling appears to be a favorite pastime of many people. They often see the negative in situations or other people and are willing to let others know about it. As they point out faults in others and in situations, they do it in a harsh way, being rough about it.

At times it can be grumpy about what appears as a neutral subject, such as how a football game was played. Later it is grumping about how the service was at the store or bank. They complain about how a friend, co-worker, or someone else acted around them. And then they grump about how work had went. People are grumpy about various politicians and political choices being made in their nation or world. And above it all, people are grumpy with God and what He does or allows or does not do.

Grumping about someone or something is being a judge. It is making oneself as the one in control and knows what is best. James says that a believer must not do that or else he will be judged also.

When a person is trusting in God for everything and believes that God is in absolute control of everything, he will have no reason to be grumpy about something. God sets up every situation in the life of a believer for a reason. No one is to complain about what is happening, because God has there for a reason to build the believer or another believer up into a person like Jesus.

To grumble is to put oneself in the place of God, and then, God will judge the person.

As a believer, put your entire trust in God for every situation you are in or see. When things are not going your way, know that it is going God’s way. Lean on Him for strength through the situation. Seek to know how it can draw you closer to Him and make you more like Jesus, rather than becoming more like the world and grumbling.

Live a life of peace and love towards God and others, rather than demanding your own way and grumbling about everything. Show joy, rather than anger. Find a reason not to grumble today.

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will trust God is in control; that you will not grumble against others or God; that you will find joy in God; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and joy to others. 

Philippians 2:14-15 Shine Like A Star

 

Milky way stars

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 Philippians 2:14-15

One thing that a person can count on hearing in a workplace is complaining and arguing. There are very few people who do not complain about their work or argue with someone about politics or sports.

People are often not happy with whatever situation that they are in, so they then complain about it. Some are worse than others, but most people have something to complain about. Complaining about the weather, the spouse, the children, the bills, the news, the breakdowns, the government, illness, injuries, the neighbors and the list is endless.

Along with complaining they want to argue about everything. They argue about how to get something done, or why something should not be done. This can also run in every area of life.

Those in the church are not a whole lot different. They complain about the songs sung, the level of sound, the length of the sermon, and how things are done. They argue about the best way to do something, doctrines, and traditions.

Most do not try to be mean or a downer about their complaining or arguing, but they are still doing it.

Paul says that one is to do everything without complaining or arguing. If this is done, one will be blameless and pure and will shine like a star in the sky.

If a person is not complaining or arguing, he is trusting God in every situation, he is putting others first, and he is showing love to everyone. Doing all of these things is not normal in this world. As he does this, he will stand out as different and shine brightly. He will show the purity and holiness of God in this dark, depraved world.

Think about the words you speak each day. How often do you complain to someone about something? How often do you argue with someone about something?

Turn your eyes on to God and trust that He is in control with your best in mind. That will help you keep from complaining.

Know and understand God’s love for all people, this will help you keep from arguing with them. Know and speak the truth in true love.

Shine like a star.

I pray today that you will trust that God is in control; that God will give you the words to speak; that you words will be words of love and encouragement; and that God will guide you to be pure and blameless in this world.