Praise in the Green & the Brown

Let us do ALL THINGS while praising and finding reasons to be grateful and amazed.

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 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves]  Philippians 2:14 AMPC

Complaining opens the door to sin and therefore, the enemy.  When we complain, we come into agreement with the enemy about our lives.  Whatever we concentrate our words on is magnified.  Whatever we water with our words grows.

When we grumble and complain, we are essentially saying:

  • “God, You don’t know what’s best for me”
  • “God, I don’t trust You and Your love”
  • “God, this situation is too hard for You to handle”
  • “God, You don’t know what You’re doing”
  • “Jesus, You are not enough”

When we grumble and find faults with our lives, we miss all the reasons to be grateful that are staring us in the face.  We miss the opportunity to see God in even the simplest moments of life.  It is usually in those moments that He waits for us… to meet with us…to do the extraordinary.

In Exodus 3, Moses was doing a rather mundane task – tending to his father-in-law’s sheep far into the wilderness.  This is where Moses saw the burning bush – as he was doing an inconvenient errand for his in-laws.  What better reason to complain?  It was hot, he was probably tired and thirsty and would’ve preferred to be back home in his tent, I’m sure.  Had he spent the time complaining and grumbling, he may have missed the bush all together.  He may have missed witnessing and experiencing an amazing miracle in the middle of the everyday drudgery of life.

When we grumble and complain it opens the door for anxiety, fear, worry and doubt.  None of which are pleasing to God.  The Bible says, “Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God” (Heb 11:6).  So if we aren’t operating in faith, no matter what we’re doing, God isn’t pleased.

So let us do ALL THINGS while praising and finding reasons to be grateful and amazed.  Instead of questioning God and doubting His love, let us search the Scriptures and learn to affirm and declare who He is in our lives.  When we are tempted to complain, let us speak only the truth of God’s Word.  May our mouths be instruments of praise and thanksgiving, glorifying God, and may He meet us along our paths today as we look for Him to be near.

 

Love & Blessings,

Less Trodden

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