Like Stars in the Sky

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:14-15

How many times have I grumbled? Oh dear! I really pondered this question. At first reflection, I thought about the many times I’ve grumbled at having to wake up early or doing anything else I don’t really want to, but I try not to grumble in front of others. That’s good, right? Well, I’ve grumbled before the Lord though. Last week, I remember waking at 2:30am and thinking, why am I awake? I began to pray for different people that came into my mind and I prayed that I’d fall back to sleep.

Two hours later, I was exhausted and getting grumpy. I specifically remember saying, “Lord, You know that I don’t sleep well to begin with, but to keep me up for two hours in the middle of the night!? Why?” Then a flood of why questions followed with tears. Who am I to be asking the Creator of all things why He’s done what He’s done!?

I may not know why I was awake those two hours, but He does. He calls us to serve even when we may not want to. Perhaps, someone I prayed for in those early hours was somehow protected or comforted. If so, I’m thankful God awoke me to pray. I believe His Word that He does all things for His and our good.

Be encouraged!

Prayer: Dear Omniscient Lord, thank You for calling me to pray during a sleepless night. Forgive my grumbling. Help me to be blameless and pure. May I hear Your voice day and night, so that I may shine like stars in the sky. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

2 thoughts on “Like Stars in the Sky

  1. Dear Tiffany, I chuckled at the end there . Yes, who am I to question the Creator of the Universe? I know I am working hard on thanking Him more and complaining less. It is hard, especially when you live alone and there is no one to call you on your grumbling spree. But wait, there is someone, isn’t there?, the Holy Spirit !! So glad He is there to remind me of all that I do have. To call me to Praise my Father and to be grateful. Yes, lets shine like the stars in the sky until He comes to take us home. (P.S. I hate those sleepless nights too). Blessings, Susan

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  2. Sometimes I think as Christians, we take for granted the privilege we have to come before God in prayer. When we are in his presence so much, it can be similar to how we take for granted being with our loved ones. We have everything we need, His Word, His Spirit, Worship, yet we can lose sight of the value of His Presence in our lives. Oh to return to those first days with Him- Overwhelming, Overcoming, Never Ending Love of God.

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