Jude 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

Introductory Thoughts

Why do people murmur? What causes them to get so frustrated to the point where they would publicly discuss their disappointment with their circumstances? The Bible provides several reasons. In Jude 16, the Bible says that people complain or murmur because they are “walking after their own lusts.” In John chapter 6, the Lord Jesus indicated another reason why an individual might complain. When the Lord knew that His disciples murmured within themselves, He asked them if they were offended (John 6:61). In other words, people murmur when things turn out differently than they had hoped. It is not so much the trial that bothers them but the offense to their self-will.

Devotional thoughts

• (For children): Korah was not happy with his God-given job of serving in the tabernacle. He wanted to have the priestly duties like Aaron. He went against the Lord, Moses, and Aaron and murmured against Aaron (Numbers 16:1-3, 11). Read what happened to Korah and his followers in Numbers 16:32-33.
• (For everyone): When is the last time you murmured? Why did you murmur? What transpired that led you to do so? Why did the trial frustrate you so much? Did you fail to learn the Lord’s lessons?
• What happens when you do not get what you want? Do you become frustrated? Do you murmur or complain? What does this say about you? Does this reflect a selfishness?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask the Lord to help you submit your will to His will.
• Ask the Lord to deliver you from murmuring.