I haven’t shared a devotional in a while but I’ve still been praying. Praying for each of you, many whose name I don’t know. I’ve been praying for your faith, finances, family, friends, focus, spiritual fruit, spirit of forgiveness and your foundation.
I’ve been praying, during this pandemic especially with fear and anxiety on the rise, the draining media coverage, deaths and sickness because I understand that with everything going on that God’s promise stands.
What promise? The promise to be with you! For His word says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Look, you ought to be at a point in your life where whining and complaining is no longer a choice or at best it should be minimal. Yes, I know things are going to happen but whining tho? When has whining and complaining gotten you anything worthy? When has throwing yourself a pity party ever resulted in something good? When has blaming folk ever paid off for you? When has making God the cause of your problems worked out in your favor? I get it, you see more bills than money, more sickness than healing, more death than deliverance, more killings than kindness, more situations than solutions, more problems than patience and more things than time but complaining won’t solve them.
While you see an issue, God is giving you an instance to actually interpret His involvement as influenced instruction. In First Kings 17, when God sent Elijah to the widow woman, He told him, “She’ll feed you.” Although God knew this woman’s flour and oil was almost empty and her plans to let her and her son die, yet He still sent Elijah. Why? Because God knew if the woman was obedient, her flour and oil wouldn’t run out until the drought in the land was over.
God knows what you’re going through. He knows the predicament you’re in. Yes, God knows you barely got enough food but He’ll send somebody to ask you for some to see if you’ll trust Him. God will let somebody ask you for five of the $10 you got left. Will you give it and trust God to provide or will you complain? Somebody may say, I’m going to do both. Child… listen, God will take care of you, even when things may not work out the way you’d hoped. God may allow you to suffer through the storm, He may allow you to fall, the test will be positive for cancer or the little change you got will run out; but don’t complain. Even in the same passage, First Kings 17, the widow woman’s son dies. Yes, after helping Elijah from her little, her son dies but Elijah takes the boy and cries out to God and God answered him.
Today, try something. No, don’t try but do it. Don’t complain. When you find yourself wanting too, change your language. When you find your mouth opening wanting to complain, speak a word of prayer over the situation. Learn how to trust God in everything because as long as you go in with God, you’ll come out with God. Stop complaining and whining through the obstacle of life in order to see that’s God’s miracle (which is you) can overcome it all.