90 Day Challenge- Day 37- Job 8:1- Job 24:25
Job 9:27 27If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer and brighten up,
Do you remember the story of Job? How he was tormented by the devil, lost everything he had, and was emotionally, physically and mentally attacked? If you know the story you know that his friends advised him to curse God and die, but he wouldn’t. He continued to bless the Lord. My husband has been preaching for some time now on the power of the words of our mouth, and this particular passage was one he used. Although Job never cursed God, we see something powerful in this verse. Job says, If I will forget my complaint, I will put off sadness and cheer up. Another translation says, If I will forget my complaint, I will comfort myself.
We know that as it says in Proverbs 18:21 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life] Complaining is an example of bringing death with our tongue. Philippians 2:14 says Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining. Complaining takes us out of position to be filled with joy, and instead puts us in a place of despair, heaviness, weariness, and sadness. One of the reasons that Jesus came was 3To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3 )
If part of our salvation package included the ability to be set free from burdens and oppression, why would we want to undo that with the words of our mouth? I encourage you to watch your words, stop complaining, and make a conscious choice to only let the words you speak bring life to your spirit.