A Season of Thanksgiving and Praise without Complaining
November 26, 2010
word of the LORD came upon me this morning with this message for the
saints. Many, many of us have in recent days been celebrating hearts of
thankfulness for all of the blessings that God has poured upon us -- as we
should well do, for all good things come from Him. Let us be mindful to
continue in the days, weeks, and months to come with these continued
hearts of thanksgiving and resist the spirit of complaining.
God showed me that in most cases the spirit of complaining that often so
easily overtakes us is not from Him, but rather a spirit of rebellion from
the enemy. Godís preeminent providence and sovereignty over all things and
is one of His characteristics that we donít fully understand or take
seriously. He is often speaking to us through many of the things that we
tend to complain about. Especially when it is a situation where we feel
personally offended because some desire that we have is being denied. When
we complain, we are in fact rebelling against God. Here are two examples
of this that He showed me in His word, one being a case of rebellion and
the other where a saint resisted the urge to rebel.
When the Israelites were brought out of bondage and led through the
wilderness, at no point was God ever not in complete control of their
situation. His sovereign hand guided, protected, and provided for them.
They complained about Moses and rejected him. In doing so, they were in
fact rejecting God and His blessing and choosing to worship a false god of
their own creation. There is great power and a message in this example.
In the other example, God showed me a time in 2 Samuel chapter 16 when
King David was on the run for his life from his son Absalom. As he and his
mighty men of valor passed near Bahurim, a man named Shimei (who was a
descendent of Saul) ran along side cursing the king and throwing rocks at
him. In verse 9 one of Davidís mighty men (Abishai) offered to kill Shimei
for cursing and insulting the king. But Davidís response in verses 11-12
is an illustration for us about being aware of Godís omnipresence and that
through this situation, God may well be speaking. Instead of complaining
or retaliating, David thought maybe God had good intentions for him
through that situation that day. In his heart, David knew that to resist
it would be to resist God. Thought not perfect, David had a heart after
Godís own heart.
As we leave behind us this 2010 Thanksgiving holiday season, let us
continue to focus everyday on being thankful for the wonderful things that
God does for us everyday. Let us also resist the temptation to be quick
complain, but instead to ask ourselves and ask our Father what He might be
trying to say or do in this situation. For even situations that we find
unpleasant or undesirable can in fact be great blessings if they are
bringing us closer to the Father or furthering His purpose in His kingdom.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to
shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward
him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
May the Grace and Peace of the LORD be unto you
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