Lenten Day 23: MURMURING
MURMURING is a low or indistinct continuous sound or it can also be a subdued or private expression of discontent or dissatisfaction.
It is a natural human attitude to begin to murmur when offended by one in superior authority. It is the way the natural man knows to show their discontent to the elderly.
This actually is not a virtue. It reveals an inner disregard for authority and also very self-serving attitude.
This study will attempt to appraise the concept of murmuring and its resultant implication and effect on the life of those that practice it. It will also seek to describe a solution to this vice.
UNDERSTANDING THE ATTITUDE OF MURMURING
Murmuring is a clear attitude by which the natural man shows that he is offended in the treatment meted out to him by a person who is either elderly or is in an exalted position.
It is a product of the flesh. It presumes that it is innocent by their self-determined standard and therefore declares the offender a transgressor.
IMPLICATION OF MURMURING
The first implication of murmuring is self-righteousness. This is because it presumes to be right without seeking counsel.
Murmuring is a sign that the murmurer has judged a matter in their heart and condemned the offender and in response, murmurs.
It also reveals that one who murmurs is a coward. It is the inability to confront the authority with their pain instead they resort to muttering under their breath their discontent.
Murmuring reveals a high level of disrespect. This is because there are courteous ways of showing a disagreement with a higher authority, yet the murmurer chooses to murmur.
It also implies that a person is either stubborn or incorrigible.
This is because murmuring does not give room for discussion so that the matter can be laid bare but sticks to their perceived righteous or justified stand.
All these are the implications that the nation of Israel revealed by their murmuring in the wilderness which made God to allow that generation to die out as their punishment.
DEALING WITH MURMURING
The first way to deal with this vice is to make sure that one is born again. This ensures that the Adamic natured heart is done away with.
Once this is done then, a heart of meekness should be groomed. Meekness is a sign that one is teachable.
When a person is humble enough to be corrected, they do not quickly make judgments in order to condemn their superior.
There also is the need to pursue a life of respect for authority. Again when a person is humble, he will not look down on authorities.
The Bible teaches us that the righteous is as bold as a lion. When we feel that we have been offended, there is need to approach the authorities politely to seek better understanding. This is done without morbid fear but reverential one.
Above all, when a believer chooses to be led by the Holy Ghost, offence will be very rare in their hearts.
When the source of the issue is God, then trust and love for God would override the feeling of offence (Romans 8:14).
This is because they understand that God is All-Knowing and His love for His children cannot be questioned (John 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11).
Super Apostle Immanuel Umezeoke.