November 10th, 2017 – DEVOTE

We hear it all the time. Sometimes it comes out of our own mouths. And it’s so very easy to do. What am I referring too? I’m talking about complaining! If that word didn’t catch your attention, would it help if I used a different word like: grumble, gripe, nag, bellyache, growl, or snivel. Any of those help paint a picture for you? Can you hear me now?

It’s so easy to find just about anything to complain about, because it’s everywhere. I took the opportunity to see if I could find any stories on Google about people complaining. Here are just a handful of them…

A customer at a hotel on an island complained that the “sound of the sea was irritating.” He asked if the hotel staff “could stop it.”

One traveler was disappointed that it was too cold to ski in Japan during winter.

Another grumbled that Singapore was too hot and lacked fresh air.

A utility company received a call from a customer complaining about the exceptionally high quality of customer service. The customer suggested that less money be spent on staff training and the savings put to reducing customer bills.

A cruise ship customer expressed her disappointment with her inside cabin not having a window to the sea.

A couple on a cruise said the service was so excellent that they spent a lot more money on tips than they expected, and wanted their gratuities to be refunded.

The only thing you get from complaining, is more complaints. When we complain we’re only practicing for our next complaint. And here’s where it get even more interesting. After we’ve mastered our complaining, we move from things to people and we start cutting people down instead of lifting them up. It’s much easier to do and we’ve even convinced ourselves it makes us feel better. Well of course it does, because it puts them down and raises me up.

Here’s why I’m sharing this with you today. I read this in the Word…
“These people grumble and complain and live by their own selfish desires. They brag about themselves and flatter others to get what they want.” Jude 16 CEV

Another Bible verse tells us…
“Don’t grumble about each other or you will be judged, and the Judge is right outside the door.” James 5:9 CEV

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Today in prayer, confess any constant grumbling in your own life and seek to find peace in Jesus Christ. Maybe there’s a constant sore spot that you keep going back to, that you actually need to let go of. Watch the words coming out of your mouth, because your complaints are really not about things or people, but about God.

Put a watch on my mouth this day. Help me to speak words of hope and encouragement. Help me to lift up and not tear down. Thank You for all that you’ve given to me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen