The gap between wanting and having can often be unbearable can’t it, you really want something and your not getting it. Our hearts can often be like that wanting the next thing, the bigger place, the higher pay rise, the approval, the acceptance.
Do you remember too the Israelites after they had been freed from captivity, when Moses had led them out under God’s power. What did they do but moan and grumble. It is easy from our vantage point to look at them and say how ungrateful but I wonder how often do we do the same?
How often do we say to God, where is my promised land, where is my treasure, where is my blessing, where is the end to this problem, why are you taking me this way God surely this way is better. Oh how I hear my voice grumbling and complaining. Hear what Paul writes on this to the Philippian church
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
Do you see the connection there, if we don’t grumble verse 14, then we will shine. Our grumbling often stops us shining, it takes the edge off things, it causes us to focus on the negatives and on the what we don’t have syndrome. We have everything we could possibly need in Christ, we have been saved from an eternity in utter hopelessness and darkness, we are going to celebrate with the greatest joy we have ever known for all eternity, lets rejoice not grumble and complain. Lets stand out like stars, we can only do this through the Holy Spirit turning up the bulb so lets pray today that he would fills us with this joy.
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