Tag: Murmuring

What a pleasant life you would have

Grace Gems Whiteby Thomas Boston

“Affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground!” Job 5:6

“I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things!” Isaiah 45:7

“The LORD brings death, and makes alive; He brings down to the grave, and raises up. The LORD sends poverty, and wealth; He humbles, and He exalts.” 1 Samuel 2:6-7

Affliction does not rise out of the dust or come to us by chance.

It is the Lord who sends affliction, and we should own and reverence His hand in it.

Let the people of God comfort themselves at all times by the doctrine of divine sovereignty. Amidst whatever befalls them, they should rest quietly and submissively in the bosom of God, considering that whatever comes to pass proceeds from the decree of their gracious Friend and reconciled Father, who knows what is best for them, and will make all things work together for their good.

O what a sweet and pleasant life you would have under the heaviest pressures of affliction, and what heavenly serenity and tranquility of mind you would enjoy–if you would cheerfully acquiesce in the good will and pleasure of God, and embrace every dispensation, however sharp it may be, because it is determined and appointed for you by the eternal counsel of His will!

See here the evil of murmuring and complaining at our lot in the world. How apt are you to quarrel with God, as if He were in the wrong when His dealings with you, and not according to your own desires and wishes!

You demand a reason, and call God to an account: “Why am I thus? Why so much afflicted and distressed? Why so long afflicted? Why such a severe affliction rather than a lighter one? Why am I so poor, needy and afflicted?

Thus your hearts rise up against God. But you should remember that this is to defame the counsels of infinite wisdom, as if God had not ordered your affairs wisely enough in His eternal counsel.

Our attitude should be that of Job’s, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.Job 1:21

by Thomas Boston

All His corrections are sent in love!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Morning and Evening”

“And all the children of Israel murmured.” Numbers 14:2

There are murmurers among Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when God’s rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, “Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?”

A word with you, O murmurer! Why should you murmur against the dispensations of your heavenly Father? Can He treat you worse than you deserve? Consider what a rebel you were once–but He has pardoned you! Surely, if He in His wisdom sees fit now to chasten you–you should not complain. After all–are you smitten as badly as your sins deserve? Consider the corruption which is in your heart–and then you will not wonder that there needs be so much of the rod to fetch it out? Weigh yourself, and discern how much dross is mingled with your gold–and do you think the fire too hot to purge away so much dross as you have? Does not that proud rebellious spirit of yours, prove that your heart is not thoroughly sanctified? Are not those murmuring words, contrary to the holy submissive nature of God’s children? Is not the correction needed?

But if you will murmur against the chastening, take heed–for it will go hard with murmurers. God always chastises His children twice–if they do not bear the first stroke patiently. But know one thing, “He does not afflict willingly–nor grieve the children of men.” All His corrections are sent in love–to purify you and to draw you nearer to Himself. Surely it must help you to bear the chastening with resignation, if you are able to recognize your Father’s hand. For “whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons.”

by Charles Spurgeon