Day 18~ The High Cost of Grumbling!

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1–13

In today’s reading, Paul reflects back on the children of Israel in the wilderness and identifies four specific sins they committed, all of which had dire consequences. It’s sobering to realize that He includes the sin of “grumbling” with these other sins and takes them all seriously!
Grumbling is the opposite of thankfulness. Like gratitude, it starts in the heart and expresses itself in our words. It grows out of the sin of discontentment—not being satisfied with what God has provided. Philippians 2:14–15 says we are to “do all things without grumbling,” and that when we are obedient in this matter, our lives shine the light of Christ into our dark world.

Are you guilty of the sin of grumbling? If so, confess that to the Lord; ask Him to forgive you and to grant you true repentance. Purpose in your heart to “put off” all complaining and to “put on” a heart of thankfulness.

Ask God to make you sensitive and alert to situations over the next twenty-four hours where your natural response would be to murmur or whine. Ask Him for grace to give thanks every time you’re tempted to grumble.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Heavenly Father, forgive me today for grumbling over my life circumstances. Make me sensitive to my heart’s attitude and fill me with gratitude for all You are doing and promise to do in the future. Thank You! 

Life Application:

How easily I have fallen prey to grumbling. I'm reminded of a small book that my Mother read to us a while ago about the first sign of turning away from God. The book outlined the high cost of grumbling, and showed how a grumbling heart leads to discontentment, and that leads to bitterness, which leads to wrong choices, and us lashing out in anger, which leads to us despising all things good, and turning away from God and His people. But it all begins with a grumbling heart. 

It's so easy to think negative thoughts when we are asked to do a task that we don't want to do, or when someone says something that hurts our feelings. I know how easy this is to fall into. I've been there myself, and I'm presently battling with the desires to grumble, or think badly of things I don't like. I have realized that the only way to get victory over this, is to confess the sin of grumbling right after I realize I've done it, and to force myself to give thanks out loud for things my family does, and for circumstances that I don't really like. When I choose to have a good outlook on a bad situation the challenges seem to get easier, and I'm often surprised by the results. 

Besides, a grumbling heart doesn't do any good to me or anybody around me. When I complain, others do too! Relationships can be ruined, and possibilites for encouragement and success in the future can be destroyed, all because I refuse to give thanks for everything. The momentary self pity of grumbling is not worth the lasting consequences. I think the worst thing about grumbling is that it overlooks God's goodness and only focuses on ourselves. When we focus a storm that surrounds us, we fail to see the rainbow of God's love shining through the clouds. Let's look beyond the cloud, and choose gratefulness no matter what else is happening around us!

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