Complain if you must, but don’t lash out. Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking. Build your case before God and wait for his verdict. Psalm 4:4 (The Message)

Just typing the word “pout” brings an image  to mind of my children that makes my eyes roll. I don’t know about you, but I have some good “pouters”! In fact, often times I need to include myself in that category.

Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner. James 5:9 (The Message)

Sometimes, when we see how God has answered the prayers of those around us, how He seems to be so present in all they do or when you hear about how someone has remarkably figured out a way to have a quiet time EVERY DAY with God it is easy to let our human tendencies take over and pout.

When we hear someone’s story or testimony about how God is working or has worked in their life and blessed them it can be easy to fall into the trap of jealously or resentment. We wonder why we can’t experience God this way and why He seems to be leaving us out when it comes to blessings.

We don’t want to just hear others talk about how God has blessed them – we want to experience it for ourselves. We desire to bask in His love, His greatness, His miracles, His glory, His unfailing love and the blessings He has promised us.

The closer you are to someone and the more you know about them, the more you notice them. Think about it. . . When you bought the car you are driving, did you think everyone else went out and bought the same one or did you think that you notice that type of car more now because you drive one? It is the same with God. The more you know Him, His character and His ways the more you see Him at work in your everyday life. He is involved in every intricate detail of your life and wants you to see Him and seek Him daily.

It can be difficult to resist, but don’t pout! If you aren’t spending the time with God that you feel like you should, ask forgiveness, forgive yourself and put a new plan into action. Pray that God will multiply your time and help you put Him in your schedule. If you are angry or resentful because you feel like others who don’t spend as much time with the Lord are more blessed than you, put in on the altar. God can take it! He can take your anger, your pain, your resentment and whatever else you are holding back. Put yourself out there, trust the Lord, get on your knees before Him and take a risk. Get it off your chest and into the Light and watch as God begins to work in your life.

You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. Matthew 5:9 (The Message)

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