Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wingless Wonders

I once heard a preacher's wife who said she formerly had wings until the backbiters chewed them off. Ouch!
I think, in the past 6 weeks or so, I've heard 4 sermons on the subject of grumbling, and did some Bible study on it my own self, too. To sum up what I learned: God really hates it! He hates it so much that the Hebrews who grumbled against Him and then against Moses, did not enter into the Promised Land. Then when Moses grumbled against the grumblers, he was denied entrance himself. An entire generation of grumblers was left to die in the desert, just miles from the Promised Land. Plus that, they wandered for 40 years trying to accomplish the goal! God provided water, food, shade, and fire, their clothing never wore out, but they wanted the Food Channel, with the gourmet stuff and were big fans of What Not to Wear and wanted makeovers.
Galatians 5:14-16—For the whole Law concerning human relationships is complied with in the one precept, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another in partisan strife, be careful that you and your whole fellowship are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk and live habitually in the Holy Spirit—responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh—of human nature without God. (The Amplified Bible)

May God forgive us for grumbling and teach us how to walk and live habitually in the Holy Spirit. That’s real living!