Grumbling! I hate it! First of all I hate in myself. Far too often I grumble and complain. I hate it when I experience it from others.
Jesus endured complaining from the religious elite (the Pharisees) during his entire ministry. It never quit. One day the Elite complained that Jesus “receives sinners and eats with them?” (Luke 15:2). Jesus responded to the complaints by telling a story… the story of the Prodigal son (actually two sons).
The younger son committed sins of the flesh… spending his money and his body on whatever physical pleasure he could find and enjoy. It didn’t work. Eventually, “he came to himself”, repented and returned home to his Father. The Father thru a party for him.
The old son committed sins of the heart… a grumbling, demanding, self-centered attitude. He demanded a party for himself. He deserved it. He was better than his brother. Father, “You owe me a better life”. I am better than my brother. I always obey, he sins and disobeys. The older son REFUSED to go the party going on for his younger sinful brother.
The Father goes outside and pleads with his son to come to the party (Lk 15:28). The older son became angry… refusing to go to the party.
Too bad. We too stay outside, away from fellowship and joy of being with the Father. Instead we stay away from him angry and demanding a better life. God the Father pleads with us, “Son (or daughter) COME TO THE PARTY. Come and enjoy ME I am the only one who can satisfy you. Enjoy intimate conversations with me, enjoy how awesome I am, enjoy my words and promises to you”
COME TO THE PARTY!