Do all things without murmuring or disputing, . . .
To do all things without grumbling or arguing is a command given by God, but rarely obeyed by most Christians. How often have you found yourself complaining against His gracious provisions? The word murmuring used in the King James Version of the Bible is an expression of thanklessness and disobedience to God. It is that low muffled tone of voice directed towards God or others in a negative light. Usually this is because something has happened that is irritating or disagreeable and we are not pleased by this disruption in our lives.
Paul is not all together talking about the Philippians’ murmuring against God Himself, but quarreling with one another within the church. When quarreling begins in the church, the world’s view of the church and of Christ begins to wane. Christians are to bring the light of the Gospel to those who are lost and in bondage to sin, not their complaints.
We live in a society that is unhappy and loves to whine about what they don’t have when they have so much. We are breeding a generation that is discontented because the more they have the more they want. People who criticize continually have a devastating effect on the church and their grumbling is contagious bringing anxiety and disapproval with it. Be careful about complaining, for as Christians, we are to live consistently with who we are. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1) free from complaining to be all that God wants us to be. As God does His work in us, our part is not to murmur, complain or grumble against His working. God wants us to shine as a lamp in the night (Luke 8:16) so that we may have an extraordinary effect on the lost. The strength of the Christian life is in the truth of the Gospel on which we stand, our faith, from which we share our personal testimony of the salvation of Christ.
Lord, may I obey Your command and not complain.