All of us grumble sometimes but some habitually grumble. Others look at you as Mr. or Ms. Grumpy. Synonyms of grumble are groan, complain, fuss, gripe, squawk, mutter, moan and bellyache. It is tough associating with these folks. Most importantly, God doesn’t enjoy their complaining, griping and bellyaching. Grumbling keeps you from the presence of God losing fellowship with Him. Throughout the history of God’s people, He consistently showed contempt to those who grumbled rather than those who expressed thanksgiving and praise.
James 4:14 states for us to “do all things without grumbling or disputing.” 1 Corinthians 10:10 says for us not to “grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed…” The Israelites persistently grumbled against God because of unbelief. They refused to claim the land promised to them through Abraham. Why? Because of fear. In their eyes, the current inhabitants were “giants” and too powerful to defeat. Their spies definitely saw a beautiful land full of “milk and honey”; however, the majority recommendation was to stay put in the wilderness. Everything that God promised was theirs for the taking through faith in Jehovah God; yet, they played it safe processing life through their own capabilities rather than claiming the omnipotence of God. The crazy thing is that in their very own, recent history, God had delivered them miraculously by parting the Red Sea; nevertheless, they stayed put and grumbled. Finally, God got tired of it and disciplined the grumpy Jews. Numbers 14:26-34 tells us what happened, “26 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: 29 In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.’” Not one of these grumblers made it into the land promised by God! The two men (Caleb and Joshua) and their families who continually believed and praised God by faith would lead the Israelites (the children of the grumblers) into the Promise Land. Grumbling keeps you in defeat.
The antonyms of grumble are praise, compliment, thanksgiving, applaud, laud and approve. These antonyms are words and attitudes that Jesus enjoys professed by His people. Psalms 22:3 (NASB, in the footnotes) proclaims that God “inhabits the praises” of His people. ESV states in 22:3 that God “is enthroned on the praises” of His people. Psalm 110:4 describes the Lord’s appreciation of praise this way, we “enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts (his presence) with praise!”
There’s a choice. You can stay where you are, grumbling and complaining, “The giants in my life are just too big.” Hey, how would you like living around you? Or, you can choose to operate by faith believing that your personal mountains will be moved (Mark 11:22-24) and live in victory confessing that Jesus is Lord of your life. Look to God and stop grumbling bringing joy to Him, you, and those around you.