Tune Out the world, Tune In to God

Last night I did some reading and felt led to meditate on these verses. (See below)

Philippians 2:14-15

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

1 Corinthians 10:10

New King James Version (NKJV)

10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.

Numbers 14:2, 36

New King James Version (NKJV)

And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 36 Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land,

There is one word that appears in all those verses. Complain. At least that’s the root word for complaining & complained. The more I read and think about those verses, the more I see that God takes it seriously.

I think about those men who were sent out to spy the land. They not only came back with bad reports, but doing so led the congregation to complain (murmur). What happened to those men? They died by the plague.  Wow! That itself makes me think twice when I feel like complaining. (But it is hard not to complain, isn’t it? I can almost see a scene in my mind, showing me driving to work and having a rude driver cut the queue I’m in etc…, and not forgetting the nasty hot weather etc…) The list seems to grow long.

Since complaining doesn’t please God, doing the opposite should please Him, I thought. It’s time to tune out the world and tune in to God. Instead of complaining, I should try to change and thank Him.

Not easy to do….

Psalm 100:4

New Living Translation (NLT)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Message (MSG)

16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

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