March 5th, 2018 — IGNITE

There have been many times over the years that my wife has caught me making up words. After preaching on a Sunday morning, she would inform me that that one word I used, wasn’t really a word at all. I just made it up.

It’s kind of like my new word, “compraining.” It’s a combination of complaining and praying, but though I didn’t mean to be complaining before my God when I was praying, when I really thought of what I was saying, it really was a complaint. I was moaning and groaning, griping and whining, for who knows what reason. I’m sure God was asking the same question.

I sometimes wonder how we, as Christians, can be so ungrateful when we are already receiving things we don’t deserve. I mean, some of you are ungrateful for the spouse you have when, if the truth were told, you didn’t deserve them anyway, yet God blessed you with them and they’ve made your life better, but you can’t see it. Some of you are so ungrateful for the job you have when you could be at some street light begging for pocket change. Some are not grateful for the home they have when they could be standing in line every night trying to get a room at the local mission.

We complain so much about everything that it’s starting to overshadow everything! We spiritualize our complaining as lifting our concerns before God – but let’s be honest, we know better. When will we be thankful for what we have?

I’ve come to realize that God won’t give me anything else if I’m not grateful for what He’s already done, and truthfully He’s done everything and I’ve done nothing. It would be like if I were to give you a gift every day and you never even took the time to open it – you just throw it into your closet where all the other gifts are. What sense would it make for me to continue to take the time to give you something you’re not even going to be thankful for? Now, if it were up to me, I’d just stop giving you gifts.

But God’s not like us because even though we take His many blessings for granted, He still gives us a fresh anointing of His power each and every day. He still makes the sun rise and the sunset for us. He still provides oxygen for us to breath. He still pours out wisdom enabling us to make life’s decisions.

I thought of that as I read these words today…
‘Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD…” Numbers 11:1

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Join me today! Let’s start a new habit. A good habit. No more compraining. Start fresh… start new. Ask the Holy Spirit to put a guard on your mouth and stop you each time you start compraining. I’m sure our God would love to hear our praise and thanks instead.

Forgive me for my compraining. Holy Spirit, fill my mouth with words of praise and thanks. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen