Philippians 2:14 NLT Do everything without complaining and arguing,
We really shouldn’t stop just with this verse because there is a comma which means the thought goes on. WHY should we do everything with complaining and arguing?
But for today the Lord stopped me on this verse alone. I can be contentious. And in a way, I don’t mean to be. I don’t do it for argument’s sake, which some people love. Why do I do it then? Because I am prideful and I want to be right. And I want someone else to recognize my right-ness. P-R-I-D-E. It’s so painful to be taught this.
In the NASB “complaining” (Greek = goggusmos) is “murmuring.” I find it so easy to find the negatives. Over the years I have recognized this and made myself reminders to find the good things. But it’s not natural for me.
Am I as negative as the Hebrews who, rescued from slavery and being led to the promised land, grumbled and complained? Am I a grumbler, like Korah (Numbers 16), who stirred up the people Hebrew people against Moses? Or just a grumbler who is drain on those around who listen to the murmuring?
According to the MacArthur Study Bible Notes, “Arguing” is translated from the Greek word for “questioning.” He says this means “‘criticisms’ directed negatively toward God.”
When I encountered the verse this morning, I wasn’t thinking specifically about arguing with God. But when I am arguing with my husband, my boss, my friend does it come out of an argument I’m having with God? Am I ultimately questioning His sovereignty and His plan for me?
What a witness I would have (see verses 15 and 16) and what an blessing I could be if I would stop complaining and arguing.