FRIDAY 18TH JUNE, 2021
THEME: WORKING WITHOUT GRUMBLING
PASSAGE: PHILIPPIANS 2: 12-16
MEMORY VERSE: Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without murmurings and disputing.”
HYMN: MHB 231(126.96.36.199.4.6) – AWAY with gloom away with doubt.
Grumbling is an act of complaining to show displeasure about certain things or an event. When the Israelites were in Egypt, they cried unto God about the hostility of the Egyptians and the hardship they suffered in the hands of the Egyptians. God hearkened unto them and sent Moses for their deliverance. But as a result of their ungrateful hearts, they murmured when they faced one problem or the other. While on their way to the Promised Land, they complained at the red sea. They also complained of hunger and thirst and God was so displeased with them.
Note this as a believer. When you are doing it right, people will complain that your own is too much. When you are doing it wrong, too, they will still complain. So grumbling is common to every human being.
In our text today, Apostle Paul gave the Philippians a guide to their daily living. After commending them in verse 12 for their obedience even when he was not with them, he emphasized that it was not by their power but God Himself working it out by giving them strength and desire to work for His good pleasure.
He, however, warned them in verse 14 that they should do all things without grumbling against or questioning God so that they would not lose the reward. Instead, they should walk blamelessly and continue to shine as light in the world. The outcome of grumbling is destruction.1Corinthians 10:10 says, “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer.” In Numbers 16:1–27, Korah, the Levite, started a rebellion against Moses, with Dathan and Abiram and 250 princes, of Israel, actively supporting. They envied the positions of Moses and Aaron and because of this, they were destroyed.
Though there were many instances of murmuring in the Bible, God forbids it. Don’t murmur. Look unto God.
PRAYER: Lord, deliver me from the spirit of grumbling and complaining, and make me fit for Your Kingdom, in Jesus’ name.
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