Have you ever encountered a person whose every word was encompassed by contempt, despair, and a sense of entitlement to the Lord’s blessings?
I am not talking about a person who is going through a season of clinical depression, but rather someone who is occupied by a grumbling heart.
You know who I am talking about. The acquaintance you tend to avoid meeting for lunch because despite your best efforts, after spending time with this person, you feel icky and in low spirits.
I am going to claim that every one of you has experienced this particular situation.
Next question: Have YOU ever been this person?
Time and time again.
I have been the person who keeps a close detailed record of my problems, and I have disregarded my blessings. And my bitter grumbling spirit has grown roots deep within my heart. And then suddenly, it is not only difficult for others to love me, but I find it very difficult to love myself.
“And Moses said, ‘When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.'”
My grumbling is not against my fiance, my coworker, or an inconvenience.
It is against the Lord.
Does the Lord not give us all that we need according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus? Does He withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly?
Yet, we have rejected the Giver of life, the Eternal Spring, the God who meets our needs. We have chosen a worldly concept of entitlement instead of thanksgiving. We have lost our focus on Christ, and ultimately abandoned our first love.
Our grumbling is not only unappealing to those around us, it is sinful against God. Thankfully, if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What I am beginning to learn is that I need cleansing every single day.
Psalm 51:10 has become my favorite verse in this season.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
If you are reading this blog thinking that feeling sad, angry, or discouraged is sinful, you are missing it. Acting upon feelings rather than the truth is the sin.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
If my heart is rooted in grumbling and discontentment, there is no room for the Lord to plant and grow fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).
“For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
Is it time to begin plowing the desolate places in your heart and prepare for a new season rich in love, gratitude, and focus on the Savior?
If this message speaks to you, please allow me to be praying for you in this season. We are after all called for community.
All my best,
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”