Do everything without complaining and arguing so that you might become blameless and pure children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe .
Philippians 2: 14, 15
The children of Israel were in the wilderness going from Egypt, a place of bondage, to the land God had promised them, a place of freedom. They were on their way to a land flowing with milk and honey. They should have been thrilled; they should have been full of gratitude.
The actual trip from where they WERE to the place they were going should have only taken about eleven days. How long did it actually take? Forty years. So, what was the breakdown? They could not stop grumbling and complaining. Their hearts were not pure and they found fault with the way God was doing things. So, it took them FORTY years to get free. As a matter of fact, most of them were never able to enjoy the land. They died in the wilderness.
My question to you today is this, “Where are you?” Are you in bondage to anything? Are you in the wilderness wandering around? Or are you experiencing freedom and liberty?
If you answered that you are in the wilderness wandering around, then I encourage you to sit quietly for a few minutes and ask the Holy Spirit to show you if there is any grumbling or complaining going on in your heart. If there is, be quick to repent because that very fault finding attitude could well be what keeps you from experiencing God’s best for your life.
Regardless of how you answered the question, God is not mad at you. He only desires good things for you. He loves you more than you know. So, I encourage you to sit at His feet and BeLoved Completely so that gratitude and thanksgiving can flood your soul. Take time today to remember all the ways He has shown His very own goodness to you. Then, be verbal and thank Him out loud and on purpose. I can promise you that if you will let gratitude, instead of fault-finding, become your primary language, YOU WILL ENJOY ALL HE HAS PROMISED YOU.
Do you find yourselves tempted to grumble and complain or are you always full of thankfulness? Sound off in the comments below…