Guarding Against the Grumbling

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  1. lfaccordini says:

    Great Post! Think about all things people grumble about…money, job, others, etc. I read this excerpt this weekend, it’s a little King James-ish, amazing in perspective! This song has uncanny ability to stay in my head, so I was thinking of reasons WHY it is so well- this answered it!
    “It is so well with him that we could not imagine it to be better, for he is well fed, he feeds upon the flesh and blood of Jesus; he is well clothed, he wears the imputed righteousness of Christ; he is well housed, he dwells in God; he is well married, his soul is knit in bonds of marriage union to Christ; he is well provided for, for the Lord is his Shepherd; he is well endowed, for heaven is his inheritance. It is well with the righteous-well upon divine authority; the mouth of God speaks the comforting assurance. O beloved, if God declares that all is well, ten thousand devils may declare it to be ill, but we laugh them all to scorn. Blessed be God for a faith which enables us to believe God when the creatures contradict him. It is, says the Word, at all times well with thee, thou righteous one; then, beloved, if thou canst not see it, let God’s word stand thee in stead of sight; yea, believe it on divine authority more confidently than if thine eyes and thy feelings told it to thee. Whom God blesses is blest indeed, and what his lip declares is truth most sure and steadfast. ” The Spurge, Morning and Evening

  2. DJ says:

    This is one of the most encouraging posts that I have read in a long time. Grumbling and murmuring has deposed many pastors. However, we pastors need to be reminded of our calling and our responsibility to fulfill that calling. Sometimes this means that we may end up on the curbside, but the God who has called and gifted us is the God who will see us through whatever ministry He affords us to have — whether it is a “good” ministry or a “hard” ministry.

    Thanks for your insight…and your sense of humorous!

  3. ahsido says:

    Well that certainly is convenient. As pastor you set yourself in the role of Moses and anyone who doesn’t toe the line is in the role of grumbling Hebrew. If anyone doesn’t get in line behind you, they are merely grumbling. Your will is indistinguishable from God’s will so if the sheep don’t follow where you lead they are opposing God. I think this is how cults get started….

    • Danny says:

      Ahsido, thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment. Please notice the last full paragraph: “IF you’re following God’s voice…IF you’re acting on his word…” etc. The point of the post is how to follow God’s lead when God’s people don’t want to follow you.

      No pastor should set himself up as Moses. If you’ll remember, Moses was himself a reluctant leader. But God used him. The mark of a great leader is one who listens to his people and loves them well, but first, he must listen to God.

      Pastors who try to lead people without themselves being led by God are indeed poor leaders.

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