Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, May 16th, 2020
Hope: Suffers Without Complaint
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
Let him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him;
Let him put his mouth in the dust--
There may yet be hope...
Why should a living man complain,
A man for the punishment of his sins?
Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the Lord.
Lamentations 3:26-40 (NKJV)
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His Mouth.
Isaiah 63:7 (NKJV)
Here's a big problem with worldly success; sometimes, high achievers begin to judge other people's paths and performances-- as if their gains give them expert status.

Often, winners are also complainers, griping when their expectations aren't met-- as if their fame grants them special treatment.

If they suffer small inconveniences, like waiting in any line at all or or being overlooked in any way, they are quick to publicly criticize.

When I turned to Christ, I was shocked to learn: God doesn't condone complaining at all...

* Not even when it seems so justified.
* Not even when someone needs 'taking down.'
* Not even when I've had a trying day.
* Not even when I'm suffering real pain.
* Not even when the sky is falling down.
* Not even when enemies surround me.
* Not even when a strange pandemic strikes.

Why?

* God allows small and big tests to teach me.
* God takes a saint's complaints Personally.
* When I complain, I'm a worthless witness.
* When I complain, I'm acting like the world.
* Silver is refined in a fiery pit.
* Pearls are formed by means of irritation.
* Saints shine best when suffering quietly.

## Hope: Suffers Without Complaint (Part 35)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.


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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis


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