Constant Grumblings


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Have you ever heard the sound of constant grumbling? The guys in the picture sound a lot like that. Sometimes it becomes the sound of white background noise, indistinguishable from the infrequent speaking with real meaning.

I’ve heard that sort of meaningless noise where I worked in manufacturing plants. If you’re in that kind of place, use extreme caution because it might become your own noise.

Here’s an example: Moses said, “This will happen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the Lord hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the Lord.” (Exodus 16:8)

New Testament declares a similar message: “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3) Note the words: do not notice. Continue reading: “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:4) Fully believe this last passage of Jesus’: “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:5-6)

And what’s this about, “holy to dogs” and “throw your pearls before swine?” Know well that criticizing others will “tear you to pieces.” Everyone who hears your arguments are fully able to function as your critics. Do not lecture anyone! “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no;’ anything beyond these is of evil.” (Matthew 5:37) And not to worry, this last bit is out of this context but very applicable as well.

To be a good witness, do your best to quit the grumbling. Otherwise, God will be very ticked.

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