CAN A CHRISTIAN BE MOODY?
All people, Christian or not, are capable of being ‘moody’. "Moody" means given to depression, gloomy, sullen, given to ill humor, exhibiting sharp variance in attitude, temperamental.
None of these things sound Christian, and yet, the inner person, our carnal nature, is still present, and can vary from joy and faith, to moody and depressed. Sometimes, certain Christians are more susceptible to moodiness than others, and sometimes, one is more able to hide their occasional moodiness, but often it is with unbelievable pretense that attempts to hide their sullen attitude.
Not many will ever admit that they are ever ‘moody’. That sin is one that we pamper, or just deny its existence. Yet, we find in the Bible that moodiness is commonly found even there. The Lord pointed moodiness in Bible characters often. He did not seem amused at the moodiness, nor did He hold those who were moody to be faultless.
Paul tells us that moodiness results in ‘murmuring’.
Philippians 2:14-16 (KJV)
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
Some people always see the dark side of things. They are born pessimists. Some see things as good, and are born optimists. The optimist may be wrong, but he enjoys life better. One may see the silver lining, the other sees the dark center. One sees the thorns, the other sees the roses. One sees the rainy day, the other sees the parched ground being watered. One sees judgment, the other sees the Lord correcting the wrongs. One looks down and sees the dirty soil, the other looks up and sees the starry sky. Yet, both are in the same environment.
Even the best of us, the most holy and spiritual of us, can be suddenly seeing the opposite of what our faith tells us to see. We go from seeing the bright side of the last days meaning Jesus is coming, to seeing the persecution and mistreatment of the saints in the last days. We fall from faith to moodiness.
The Israelites were often moody. The church tends do be moody at times too. We need to praise, not be moody. The Lord is coming to judge His church,
but He is also coming ro revive His church. The tribulation is coming, but also, the millennium is coming. The white throne judgment will call an end to sinful rebellion. The new earth will be the peaceful rule of Jesus. On which do you have your eyes?
Exodus 16:8 (KJV)
8 And Moses said,... the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against Him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
When thinking of the bad, being moody in depression, we murmur and complain about someone else, and about the events of the day, stop! Yet, remember, "YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH''. No matter how bad things can look, when you look at the things of this world, if you re-direct your eyes to Jesus, things look GREAT. Our face can often reveal our moodiness, and our lips express what our soul is looking at. The face and lips often give away our moodiness, and reveal what our spiritual eyes are beholding. They lips and the tongue will 'tattle' on the soul’s moodiness with murmuring words.
1 Corinthians 10:10 (KJV)
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
Does moodiness end up getting you all you want, because God is ashamed
that His children have to murmur?
Some reason that way. But if you note, Israel did not get their way with murmuring about their moodiness. It ended up letting them be 'destroyed' by the destroyer, i.e. the devil. Moodiness opens doors for the devil.
Praise, worship, expressing our faith in God gets God to move on our behalf, not moodiness. We are commanded not to be moody, so it is a reflection of lack of faith. To murmur, and express our moodiness, is disobedience to God, it is expressing doubt in God, it is the opposite of faith.
Moodiness led to murmuring and that caused God to send fire to consume many Israelites. It caused God to send fiery serpents. It caused God to let that generation of Israelites die in the wilderness.
A moody, grumbling, murmuring spirit shows that the person has unbelief in God. When the Egyptians pursued Israel, they murmured in their moodiness, displaying a lack of trust in the Lord to deliver.
When there was no food or water, they became depressed, sullen, moody, and therefore murmured, showing a lack of faith in the Lord to supply.
Elijah sat down under a juniper tree and asked to die. He had lost his trust in God to protect.
Your words, spoken or typed, reveal your faith or moody lack of it. What are your words revealing about your soul? Often, people will fool themselves. Some think they have great faith, great trust, are on God's A list, but listen to their words. What are they speaking? What is being revealed inside their souls by the words coming from their mouths?
Matthew 12:34-37 (KJV)
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
The words of our mouths reveals our inner person, who and what we truly are. The moodiness, which can suddenly find itself in our thoughts, can spill out and thereby corrupt our walk of faith.
James 3:2-12 (KJV)
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Moodiness shows in our words, that the speakeris overlooking many blessings of God. Ingratitude is sin. So, moodiness needs to quickly be identified, and countered. Maintaining, allowing, and submitting to the thoughts engendered by the depressed moments of moodiness, can lead to sin.
When Mary anointed Jesus' feet,Judas was in his normal moody0 mood, and therefore grumbled.more to come on this question on moodiness...