Exodus 16:2; 17:3 – That term, murmuring, is such a negative word that sounds like bitter complaining. This is an ominous undercurrent that threatens. It threatens friendships, families, businesses and Churches. It brings problems, friction, and a lack of harmony. It can destroy, destabilize, and demolish families and Churches.


Often things murmured against are insignificant. Sometimes it is simply forgetting about previous circumstances that were abhorrent. Israel had quickly forgotten the slavery under which they had suffered. They forgot they had cried unto God for deliverance and relief. All they could remember was the food. They were experiencing discomfort but were headed to a land “flowing with milk and honey.” They did not want to experience discomfort and struggles for a while to receive something infinitely better. They were showing a lack of patience and faithlessness in God.


We have the same today. There are those that simply will not be happy. Some are always in the back ground murmuring about the preacher. His sermons are to long. His sermons are too shallow. His sermons cannot be understood. They murmur and complain about the song leader and the way he leads the songs. The piano player plays to loud or to soft. The same people are doing the same things. Nobody else gets a job to do. Let me drop a clue here. The same people are doing the same job and some have multiple responsibilities because no one else is responsible enough and faithful enough and on time enough and never at business meeting to take care of anything they might be given.There is always something to murmur about.


Murmuring weakens a Church. Murmuring does not please God. Murmuring is fractious because murmurers try to murmur to others to get them on their side. This causes a lack of unity in the Church. I Corinthians 11:16 Paul calls these people contentious (full of strife). I Corinthians 11:16 – “But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.” This murmuring and contention is “unbiblical.” James in James 1:8 says “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” So Paul says the Churches of God does not have contentious members and yet murmurers and complainers call themselves Christians. That cannot be.


If we would get our eyes on Jesus and the commission He has given us we would not be busy murmuring but would be busy witnessing, praising, and worshiping. If our focus was off others we could give all our attention to our Savior. We need to reflect on ourselves and realize where we fail and through prayer and study develop a closer relationship with the Lord. Let us strive to set aside the murmuring and immerse our selves in service.

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