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.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Hebrews 4:2-3
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
Getting something that someone does not have is what most people want. People are always wanting something more. Billions of dollars are spent every year with people purchasing new things, from small little toys to cars and houses or more.
Billions of dollars are spent by companies advertising things that they have to sell. They tell people that they need those things. People purchase those things because they feel that they need them.
Problems occur, however, when people cannot afford to get those things. They are discontent because they want the item and feel they need it, but cannot get the item. Or they see their neighbor with that item and want it also.
Most people are not content with what they have. John D. Rockefeller once said that a little bit more is the answer to the question “how much money is enough?” At the time he said that, he was the richest person in the world. He was not content with what he has.
Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been discontent with what they have. They are always wanting a little bit more. Eve wanted a little more life than what she had in the garden, so she disobeyed God in trying to get more.
Paul says that one is to live a godly life and be content with what he has. Jesus had said to just pray for what one needs today and not worry about tomorrow. This is a sign of contentment.
God knows what each person needs. Not everyone needs a lot of money or many things or high dollar things. If a person has it, he may reject God in order to play with his new thing.
Every thing that a person has is to help him be closer to God, be more like Jesus or to show Jesus to someone else. He is to strive to be like Jesus and bring others to Jesus.
Take a look at what God has already blessed you with. You have enough. If God desires to give you more, He will, but do not fight for more. Having more may only bring about more problems in life. Trust God for what you need. Don’t trust the things of this world for what you need.
God can give you more peace than the things of this world. Seek Him first.
I pray that you will seek God first in your life; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will find contentment in knowing God; that you will not seek contentment in things of this world; and that your life will be like that of Jesus.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5
Suffering is a part of life on this earth. Everywhere a person looks, he will see suffering of some amount or more. Sometimes it is just a little bit of suffering, while other times it is extreme levels of suffering.
There are two types of suffering that people go through. One is suffering of sickness and general problems in life. These are because of the sin that is in this world. Sickness and problems came into this world when Adam and Eve first sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden.
The other type of suffering is found only in believers. This type of suffering is being persecuted for being a believer. Persecution can be very light, just words being said, all the way to being physically tortured or killed. In some areas of the world this is a common daily event for believers to suffer just as Jesus suffered.
However, unlike the world, believers also can receive comfort in their suffering. There will be times God will heal the person or solve the difficult situation. Other times God does not remove the suffering, but is brings about comfort in spite of all the suffering.
Believers have the hope and assurance that the suffering will come to an end some day. They can know that some day Jesus will return and all suffering will be removed. Having this type of hope brings comfort and peace to the heart and mind of a believer who is suffering.
This comfort is not only for the believer himself, but also to pass on to others. Comfort is to be shared with all who need comfort.
As you are going through a time of suffering and pain, focus your eyes and mind upon what Jesus has in store for you. Do not complain about or fear the suffering you may be going through. Think about the joy you will have when God brings you home or Jesus returns to bring you home. It will be an eternal joy, comfort and peace that none in this world can know now.
As God comforts you pass that comfort on to others around you. Share what God has given you and be His witness of His great love and power in your life. It will be worth it in the end.
I pray today that you will know God’s comfort in your life; that God will strengthen you in your suffering; that you will share God’s comfort with others; and that you will keep your eyes focused on Jesus.