Living the Word of God

How does God feel when you complain?

“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp” (Numbers 11:1).
If God said: “He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6) and
“No One will be able to stand against you all the days of your life” (Joshua 1:5) and
“I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you” (Exodus 23:22 NIV).
Then why would you complain when faced with various trials and tribulations? The scriptures clearly states: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalms 37:23). Sorry to say that whatever you are going through, you have to go through it in order for you to get to the next level of your faith and to receive everything that you are asking God for.
When you are placed in situations that aren’t to your liking you can get so upset that you start speaking words contrary to your confessions. When this happens, know that it’s the devil stealing the Word from you. The answers to your prayers are so close that it requires the testing of your faith. Instead of complaining, you can praise God for the victory you already have and will receive. To get through your trial, keep your eyes on Him. His ways are higher than our ways. For only God knows what you have need of and how to get it to you. I believe God puts you through various situations so that you can have a testimony to share with and as an answer to someone else’s prayer.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1ST Corinthians 15:58 NIV).
“Stand firm, and you will win life” (Luke 21:9 NIV).
No matter what you are going through, consider it a test of the Lord God and go through it cheerfully, being grateful that you were selected to endure the trial. For if you start complaining about what you are going through, you are complaining against the Lord and you WILL go through another episode until you get it right. The children of Israel went through the wilderness for forty (40) years when it only should have taken about three and a half weeks. God knows what He is doing.
“Moses also said, “You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD” (Exodus 16:8 NIV).
Basically, then, it all boils down to trust. Do you really trust the Lord?
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV). It may not be easy to submit to a man, but know that whatever authority God has placed over you, you are not submitting to that authority as much as you are submitting your obedience to God in every situation. When it gets too hard to bear, then pray and God will hear you and make it more tolerable.
“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands” (Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV); so it might go well with you (Deuteronomy 8:16) or to keep you from sinning (Exodus 20:20).

Did you get anything out of this?
Send your prayer requests, offerings, invitations or comments to Reverend Joseph M. Campbell, P. O. Box 13394, Los Angeles CA 90013. Help us reach others with teachings like this by becoming a partner to this ministry.

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