Living Life God's Way 6/1/2005; Quit Your Complaining
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Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Henry Ward Beecher
Quit Your Complaining
The people became like those who complain of adversity....
There is a particular kind of complaining that really grates on the
ears of God. Listen: 'Now the people became like those who complain of
adversity in the hearing of the Lord....'
For some of us, adversity is a health situation. For others it is a
struggling career and continuous job changes. For others it is a family
situation that happened years ago, now they shoulder responsibility that
seems unfair. Some of us made poor decisions and our marriage fell
apart; now we struggle with blended families and the consequences of our
choices. we all have to deal with some level of adversity. Each of us
has something in our lives that God does not want to hear us complain
It is hard to live with adversity, but understand this - you
forfeit the grace that will get you through it, when you complain about
it. The strength and joy needed to experience victory is available to
you, but by choosing to complain or cling to the idol of a perfect life,
you forfeit it.
'But what can I do?' Ask yourself two questions: a) am I a
complainer? Think about that! Why? Because complaining is hard to see in
ourselves but easy to see in others and b) am I willing to repent? If
you are serious about putting this wilderness attitude behind you, think
about why you are in the wilderness to begin with. If God reveals
complaining as a problem in your life, acknowledge it - then turn from
it! Otherwise, expect more wilderness ahead.
Word for Today by Bob Gass; 9/6/2004
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