Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
One of the signs of a wicked and depraved generation is complaining and arguing.
Does that surprise you? It can come as a shock to read that because we see, we hear, we are a part of it on a daily basis!
In our lives we are invariably encountering people who are ‘pride’-ful and wanting to to make contention over the smallest of matters. We see arguing and complaining in politics, in current affairs, in workplaces, in schools, in our homes. And it is a sign, the Bible tells us, of a God-less philosophy and outlook on life.
The charge to us, as believers, is to be different. Unlike the Israelites coming out of the Egypt we can’t afford to be whiners, complainers and party to a divisive, rebellious spirit.
Complaining and arguing point to a lack of gratitude and thankfulness in our lives. Do we have things to be thankful for? Absolutely. And who is to thank for them? Our heavenly Father.
To look past those blessings upon our lives, and instead focus on the issues we are not happy about, reveals we actually believe we are entitled to more, to better and to greater things than that which we have or experience. Like spoilt brats we can’t appreciate what we have and so we point the finger at our faithful Father, accusing Him of negligence.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
We all get frustrated. We all have bad days. But to be known as a grumbler, a whiner or a complainer is to be selfish, proud, and unbelieving. As followers of Christ we should have no part of it.
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for your blessings in my life. I ask you to help me cultivate a thankful attitude and positive outlook. May my words and confession be pleasing to you and represent you, my faithful Father well. I ask it in Jesus name, Amen.