Shut the Grievance Desk
Verse: Jude 1:16
Extra Scripture Readings:
It rains on our picnic. It snows after we’re prepared to go away for Christmas trip. The child spits up on our shoulder simply as we’re able to stroll out the door.
And in response, we gripe. Marching off to life’s criticism division, we moan that circumstances aren’t what we ordered. We grumble to our husband about this. We complain to our buddies about that. We’d rationalize that we’re simply explaining our issues to others in order that they’ll pray and help us. However beneath the veneer of vulnerability is a grubby gripe.
Jude 16 speaks of ungodly individuals who have been “grumblers and faultfinders.” The Greek phrase used right here is mempsimoiros and means “complaining about one’s lot,” or “cursing one’s luck.” It conveys the thought of blaming destiny for awful circumstances. We might cry out in grief to God over actually attempting circumstances. However whining and groaning to anybody who will hear accomplishes solely two issues: It makes our listener really feel awful and makes us really feel worse.
It’s time to shut the criticism desk. Griping about God and his work in our lives tarnishes his gentle in us and in our world.
This devotion is from the NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.