Growling to be Growling

Our little dog Raschal is a growling dog. He growls more than any dog I’ve been around, but he doesn’t bite. That probably describes some people you know. I can pet Raschal and he growls almost to say, “Don’t touch me.” I was letting him out at around 4 a.m. recently and right when he walks out he starts growling. There should be something to growl out rather than to start growling to be growling, but he does. I’ve seen him go into the yard and pick up a scent and he starts growling. It is obviously in his nature to growl and that’s what some people do. They growl because it’s in their nature and they don’t need much of a cause to growl and express their disapproval. What’s really crazy is that Raschal growls at me and I’m the one who helps take care of him and provides for him. All his growling tells me it doesn’t register with him that I am the one who provides for him.
It’s no difference between us and our God. Our growling is our grumbling and complaining and often times we don’t need a lot to get it going. For some complaining is their song and they sing it like a song that gets stuck in your heard and can’t get it out. What happens for most of us is that we can’t even hear ourselves complaining, and on top of that, we get those around us to join in part harmony with our Blues. So let me ask you, do you know how God feels about our complaining? He takes it personal like parents do the whining of their children. The good news is you can sing another song. Paul said, “Do all things without complaining and disputing,.. Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJV). You can stop complaining cold turkey. How? Who doesn’t complain? People who are filled with the Holy Spirit. Their song is one of thanksgiving so ask God to fill you to the point you change songs.

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