This is the last day for the week of looking at wearing “A Beautiful Headband” in the Express Joy study of Philippians. The side dish served is “Whenever defeating thoughts surge, how will you turn them to thoughts of hope and shift your mourning position to a prayer position?”
Grumbling is the same as saying Christ is not enough. We find this example in 1 Corinthians 10:10. Paul describes how the children of Israel grumbled in the wilderness and were destroyed. Grumble means “to mutter in discontent.”
“They spoke against God saying,’Can God spread a table in the wilderness'” (Psalm 78:19). “There is nothing at all but this manna to look at” (Numbers 11:6 ESV). Manna means “what.”
How many times have I grumbled, “What’s on my plate of life circumstances now?” I forget, “it is God who works in me, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13) which are yesterday’s verses. Isn’t it like humans to forget so quickly?
What are some ways to help us remember to shine as lights, change our thoughts of grumbling to thoughts of hope and prayer, and wear our “Beautiful Headbands” rather than destroy with grumbling?