The pilgrimage from here to eternity was never intended to be easy.
So naturally, we are inclined to grumble about our circumstances! Perhaps our grumbling is related to the fact that we are confused about the sequence of events: Rewards occur after we get to heaven! The present however, is the time for character training in preparation for eternity.
The comforting news is that amidst this time of testing and development, we have been given the enabling presence of the Holy Spirit:
“We ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit… groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:23)
And so… understandably, we groan.
But grumble? That is quite another matter!
When we grumble, we signify a basic discontent with our lot in life, and a challenge to God’s sovereign purposes. In effect we are saying…
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