Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
For complainers, like me (and you too)…
From the pages of my own life…
I have a confession to make (I hope what they say is true “confession is good for the soul”. I am a habitual complainer! My complaining specialty is visual not auditable method of communication. If you want to see me at work you’ll only need to observe my body language/demeanor for a short period of time. Over and over I’ve tried to break the habit but for some reason it always boomerangs back at the most inopportune times (know what I mean). Somehow it’s etched deep in my DNA (daily normal activities) or something like that.
There are times when I say to myself, “Gary, God may have made you but He didn’t make you a complainer you did that all by yourself.” After a brief pause to readjust my body language/demeanor from complainer to a uncomplainer (I made that word up) I follow that up with, “I sure am glad God loves and never gives up on complainers like me (and maybe you).” This morning while connecting with God during my bible reading time I found a scripture that cut right through to my heart. Under the sub-title I thought I seen my name but a second look told me God had a message for me. If you’re a complainer like me (and I’m not suggesting you are) it will cut into at your heart just like it did me.
“The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. For the Lord hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.” (Psalm 69:32–33, NLT)
If (a big IF) you’re a complainer like me you’ve already figured out God’s message in those 35 words, haven’t you. In case you’re not a complainer let me tell you what God wanted me to know (just in case). “Gary, accept things where and as they are, change what you can change (be humble) accept and move on with those you cannot change. As long as you seek me I will walk with you and bless you in my own way and in my own time (be encouraged.) I will ALWAYS hold you in My Heart and the Holy Spirit will ALWAYS be in yours (God’s love is unconditional).” (My version of Psalm 69:32–33, GP)
By the way, confession IS good for the soul! So if you’re a complainer visual or otherwise God’s waiting to hear from you. Don’t keep Him waiting!
“May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, NLT