No Grumbling Allowed--by Kimberly B. SouthallIt's really difficult to avoid grumbling or complaining when things don't go the way we'd like them to, isn't it? Sometimes we feel justified when we voice our complaints. After all, our teacher didn't really have to assign that much homework. Who does she think she is, anyway!? Or Mom and Dad shouldn't have made me clean up my room right then; they knew I was already watching my favorite television show--they just don't want me to ever enjoy myself. Boy, doesn't that make us feel better sometimes? Well, it might make you feel better for a short time, but it sure doesn't make you look better to God!

John 6:41 & 1 Corinthians 10:10Did you realize that God gets very angry with us when we grumble or complain? Yes, it's true. The Bible has many different references to the fact that grumbling is wrong. In fact, in the Old Testament, after the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt and were traveling in the wilderness, they grumbled so much against the leaders which God had chosen that God finally punished them by allowing those who grumbled to die in the wilderness without ever reaching the land He had wanted them to reach and enjoy. It was only their children who were permitted to enter that promised land-all because they wouldn't stop grumbling against their leaders. You see, when we grumble against our leaders, we are actually grumbling against God, too. (You can read about this yourself in Numbers 14:26-37.) Jesus also instructed people not to grumble.

So, no matter how tempted you are, stop and think before you grumble. Think about how angry grumbling makes God. Grumbling surely isn't worth that! You surely don't want to waste your time grumbling--doing the very thing which resulted in thousands and thousands of people dying in the wilderness--when you could be doing something else which would make God happy with you. Remember, the Bible makes it clear that when it comes to our speech, no grumbling is allowed.

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