Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Philippians 2:14
Complaining is one thing that a person will see nearly every where he goes. No matter what is happening there is usually someone who is complaining about it. On every issue, there is nearly always someone that is not happy about it and finds fault.
The other characteristic that is commonly seen is arguing. People are always arguing with each other. Most often it is about who is right or which way to do something is right. Major wars have been started between nations because of arguments.
Paul tells the people to do everything without grumbling or arguing.
Grumbling is a sign of selfishness. One is complaining or grumbling about what is going on or what he has to do. He is not accepting what is happening or what he has to do, because he thinks there should be a better way, which then often leads to arguing.
In the same way as grumbling, arguing is often done out of selfishness. One wants things done his way and fights for it with words of arguing.
Many believers in the church can be seen grumbling and arguing. Complaining about how the service went or changes made in a church. Arguing as to which way something should go in a church service. Outside the church, many grumble about the traffic, the weather, other believers and more.
Everything that Jesus went through and did, He went through and did without grumbling or complaining. Instead of grumbling, He went to His Father in prayer for strength and direction to keep moving forward.
The focus is that the Father is in control and one is to trust Him in everything. As soon as one can fully trust God in everything, he will no longer want to grumble about a situation. He will no longer argue, but just present God’s word for the situation.
You will have times where things do not go as you had planned. Or things will be planned to go in a way that you do not necessarily like.
As you meet these situations, quickly bring them before God to give you wisdom and direction. Do everything that you do as unto God, that way you will have no reason to argue. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to give you the words to speak to keep from senseless, sinful arguing.
As you do these things, you will find joy and contentment in life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will do everything you do for the Lord; that you will not grumble or complain with what God is allowing you to go through; and that you will find joy in serving God with your whole life.
Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. Zechariah 2:13
Being still is something very difficult for most people. They feel as if they need to be doing something at all times. When one is not doing something, he feels like he is failing or, more often, as if he is missing out on something.
In the process of continual movement, many people will burn out or make poor choices. Anxiety and depression will arise because of the need to keep moving. Health will quickly deteriorate, causing many serious health issues. Focus will become unstable.
Zechariah tells the people to be still before God. God was beginning to rise up again among them to lead them. He would rise against the enemies and destroy them.
Believers will often find themselves acting as the world does, needing to be constantly doing something. Some will never say no to anything asked of them, regardless of what it costs them.
While it is good for a believer to be doing the work of God, ministering, witnessing and serving, one needs to sometimes be still before God. Some move forward so much that they will run ahead of what God is doing and begin to do their own thing.
Every believer needs to stop once in a while and be still before God. This gives God a chance to renew their strength and focus. It allows time for a person to hear from God to get the information for the next mission. It also allows the person to be able to take a step back and see what God is doing.
Jesus often stepped out of the picture to be alone with God. He took time to be still before His Father. No believer should be any different than Jesus.
As you are going through your days take note as to how much you are running. Are you slowing down enough to hear from God and really see what He is doing and to hear what He wants you to do next?
Each day allow yourself to pause and be still before God. Ask God to show you what He is doing and what He is requiring of you for that day. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you into the work He desires of you.
As you are still before God, you will gain the strength and ability to do more with God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will slow down to hear from God; that God will open your eyes and mind to what He is doing; and that God will give you strength to do His work He has for you to do.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Isaiah 26:8
Waiting for someone or something is a thing that most people do not like to do. Everyone wants things right away on their own time.
It is common to see people fidgeting while waiting in a line, or sitting frustrated while waiting to move forward. As they wait, they are thinking about all the things that they could be doing, if they did not have to wait. Often there comes a great anger during this waiting, because the person is no longer in control of the situation and timing of everything.
In Isaiah’s prayer, he tells God that they are waiting for Him, that He is the desire of their hearts. However, as they are waiting, they are also walking in His ways.
Most believers are waiting on God for something. They are waiting on Him to answer some prayer that is upon their heart. This prayer could be for themselves or for someone else, but it is a desire of theirs.
While waiting, just like waiting in a line, many will also get frustrated. They are upset that God is not moving any faster than what He is doing. It is common to see one stop in his tracks to wait for God. Some will stop believing in God, because He did not answer fast enough for their liking.
The true believer in God will not stop, but will continue to walk in His ways. They will live a Jesus did, continuing their mission upon this earth, while they wait for God to answer their prayers.
The desire of their heart is God, so they will live for Him and wait upon Him, not just sitting and doing nothing. They will continue to be active for God.
Focus your heart upon Him and desire God in all that you do. As you are waiting for Him to answer your heart’s prayers, keep walking. Keep being His witness in this world. Continue to live for God and to be His witness in this world.
Do not let and unanswered prayer stop you or distract you from living for God. Keep walking and do not stop. Live for God in every area of your life.
God will show up at the right time and answer your prayer, until then keep walking and waiting.
I pray today that you will seek to know God more; that God will be the full desire of your heart; that God will strengthen you to keep walking in His ways; and that you will work for God as you wait for Him.
Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. Ezra 4:4
Doing something great will often have some great challenges to make happen. Beyond just the challenges of knowing how to do something great is the opposition that can occur.
Men and woman who are striving to do something great are often told that they are crazy and should not try to do it. The reason they are told that they are crazy and shouldn’t do it is for several reasons. Sometimes it is so different that others think it cannot really be done, and one should not waste it time trying. Other times it is out of fear of it actually working and getting done.
The Israelites had been put into captivity in Persia, yet, were given direct permission from the king of Persia to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple to God. As they had begun to do the work, the people around them worked hard to stop them. They tried to discourage them from finishing the work that they had started to do.
Fear of Christians accomplishing something is still around to this day. The world is an enemy to Jesus and does not want Him or His followers to ever accomplish anything. The thing that believers do is following and obeying God. They are working to build God’s kingdom here on this earth.
Any time a believer is doing God’s will, Satan and this world will rise up in opposition. He does not want the believer to be successful, because it means it will be his downfall. The world does not want it, because they can feel God’s judgement upon their lives in seeing the lives of believers.
God has or will call you to do something for His kingdom. It may be building a new temple or it may just be a simple thing of telling someone about Jesus. Either way it is doing something for Him.
As soon as you begin to do what God has asked of you, the world will begin to attempt to discourage you and stop you. They may say it is a waste of time and that it won’t work with just words. Or they may be physically violent against you.
Do not be surprised. There was opposition to the Israelites and against Jesus. You will receive opposition. Stay true to God and do what He has given you to do. Don’t be discouraged, God is with you.
I pray today that you will know the mission God has for you; that you will not be discouraged; that you will stay true to God; that God will give you strength to do His work; and that you be His witness.