FRIDAY, MAY 8
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
Philippians 4:6 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF GRATITUDE: NO GRUMBLING
In some parts of Mexico hot springs and cold springs are found side by side. And because of the convenience of this natural phenomenon, the women often bring their laundry and boil their clothes in the hot springs and then rinse them in the cold ones. A tourist, who was watching this procedure commented to his guide, “I imagine that these women think Old Mother Nature is pretty generous to supply such ample, clean hot and cold water here side by side for their free use.” The guide answered, “Not really. There’s a lot of grumbling because they have to bring their own soap!”
There was some grumbling happening in the early church. And Paul’s solution is giving thanks in all circumstances. The opposite of giving thanks in all things is grumbling or murmuring. In Philippians 2:14-16 Paul writes, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”
Notice that “non-grumbling” is not optional and is not just a suggestion. Paul is commanding “non-grumbling” to be the believer’s continual response. Take some time today to review Philippians 2:14-16. List all the reasons Paul gives for gratitude over grumbling.