Grumble Less -- Love More

Exodus 19:25-20:1 “So Moses went down to the people and told them. And GOD spoke all these words…”

At least that’s the NIV version. In the study bible it says the term “words” is a technical term for stipulations in the ancient Near East. GOD had saved the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army by parting the Red Sea. Within weeks the Israelites were grumbling for food, and GOD gave them manna and quail. Then after a few more weeks the people were grumbling again about water, and GOD gave them fresh water from a rock, and still they grumbled. Finally Moses went up to the top of Mount Sinai and came down with the Ten Commandments… “I am the LORD your GOD who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other god’s before me.”

I don’t know about you, but in my life I have found myself grumbling. I’ve grumbled about my job, I’ve grumbled about my wife, I’ve grumbled about my kids, I have just grumbled! During my days of grumbling I understood the Ten Commandments…

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your GOD…” but I did!

“Remember the Sabbath…” but I didn’t

“Honor your father and mother…” but I didn’t

“You shall not murder…commit adultery…steal…give false testimony… covet…” but I did!

I’m not bragging, but I know I have broken every commandment! And I did it while I was grumbling! I understood the Ten Commandments, and I understood grumbling, but I didn’t understand GOD. The relationship I understood was like that of a teenager/parent relationship, and as I look back on it I was a terrible teenager and GOD was a wonderful parent.

I juxtaposition this text with Matthew 22:34-40

 “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus replied: Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”

When I lay these two passages side by side and compare and contrast them, what I am trying to do in my life is to be less of an expert on the law and more of an expert on love. What I am trying to do in my life is to grumble less and love more. What I am trying to do in my life is to love my Creator, Lord, and Savior more, because I have found the more I love GOD the more I love myself, the more I love my wife, the more I love my children, the more I love my friends… and the more I love life.

Precious Father, Loving GOD, Holy Spirit, I pray. I pray for a relationship with you my GOD, my Creator, my Lord, my Savior, a relationship beyond one of laws and rules, regulations and commandments. I pray for a relationship of love, a love that is beyond all understanding. AMEN!


Jim Dietvorst

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