In our Tuesday Bible Study classes, we had to address the issue of grumbling. 1 Corinthians 7 records this warning -
7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did - and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did - and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did - and were killed by the destroying angel.
The Greek word for grumble is "goggyzō" [Pronounced = ga good zo]. It means to murmur, mutter or grumble; to say anything against in a low tone; to confer secretly together and to discontentedly complain.
The Apostle lists this alongside sins of idolatry, sexual immorality and wicked excesses. It teaches us that there is a seriousness about grumbling that we tend to neglect, because we may not consider it to be a "major sin". Yet grumbling cuts us off from blessings.
Every day in the wilderness was a miracle, but Israel were so ungrateful and impatient, and they died without getting to their promised land.
Grumbling reveals our maturity level in Christ. We show our true colors under pressure. When things don't go our way, we get upset with God, we become angry, frustrated and even jealous of others.
Joyce Meyers said - "if you complain, you remain - if you praise, you raise". Don't miss out on your next level by being a grumbler. Praise God. Blessings, Pastor