The teacher in the Doorway

I have a memory from when I was a little girl. I think I was in the third grade.

One day our class was standing scattered around the classroom, and the teacher was not in the room. I suppose we had just come back from lunch or recess.

All the other kids were being SO noisy, and I knew they weren’t supposed to be.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I gathered up all my force, took a deep breath, and yelled at the top of my lungs,

Right at that moment the room got quiet and we all turned and saw the teacher standing in the doorway.

We were SO in trouble!!

This memory came to me when I read the following verse,  James 5:9 (NIV):

“Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door.”

You know, it’s so easy to see that the other person is obviously doing wrong. Or perhaps a group of people is doing wrong. But what about me or you when we get on an attitude about it? Do we have to yell at the top of our lungs before we realize that the Judge is standing at the door, and we are SO in trouble?

No, God hears our whispered gossip, our complaining behind closed doors. He hears the grumbling

  • against the music minister for not doing enough hymns,
  • against that preacher for preaching on tithing again,
  • against the powers that be for spending so much (or not enough) money on something we feel is important (or not so important)….

And we don’t even have to speak to be grumbling. God hears the grumbling we do in our hearts before it ever makes it to our tongues.

He hears our inner grumbling about a family member who left his shoes out where we could trip over them again, or who squeezed too much toothpaste out and didn’t clean it up and put the lid on.

Grumbling grieves the heart of God.

It is not a part of His perfect plan for our lives.

It disturbs the peace and the unity of the church or family unit just as assuredly as my yelling inside the school was more of a disturbance than my little-girl brain could have imagined.

When we grumble against someone, we set ourselves up as little judges.

We show that we want to be the boss and control things so they will go our way.

We may even convince ourselves that we are somehow doing God a favor by whipping those other people into shape. But make no mistake about it, we are really just as wrong as the little third grader that yelled at the top of her lungs in the classroom.

So, next time you feel a grumble coming on, watch out!!

The Judge is standing at the door!

Rather than risking His displeasure, why not bow before Him and ask for His help?

Wouldn’t it be better to willingly bow before Him as Lord and ask for His help in the situation than to grieve Him and risk having to be disciplined by Him?

So, what will it be? What choice will we make the next time we feel a grumble coming on?

In the words of the Grail Knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,

“Choose wisely.”

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20 thoughts on “The teacher in the Doorway

  1. So true! We often judge ourselves and others. This leads to condemnation of those around us and ourselves. Lord help us to compare ourselves only to you and to have thankful spirits. “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

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    1. Yes, Anne Marie, thankful spirits are a MUST! Is it even possible to be thankful and judgmental at the same time? I kind of think not.
      I hope you and your sweet family are doing well.
      Love you, dear sister. 🙂 ❤
      "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you… and give you peace."


    1. Yes, Lisa. I go back and read things the Lord has inspired me to write sometimes (like this post), and I realize that I’ve not been doing such a great job in that area. He re-convicts me so He can set my feet back on the right path to pleasing Him. Praise God for His convicting word and for His mercy to forgive and grace to redirect our hearts toward Him! 🙂
      Blessings to you, as well!


  2. Wow! This is a topic not often spoken about. I liked the introduction.
    How are you Ruth?
    Thank you for all the comments you have left on the blog. I really appreciate it. You won’t believe how much I have learnt from you 😉

    God Bless Sister

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  3. Oh yes, God hates grumbling and He hears even the grumblings of our heart. Instead of grumbling, why not ask for the Lord’s help in prayer? This is sorely needed advice, especially when things are not going as we wish. We would be more effective in igniting change if we would heed this advice. Thanks a lot for sharing, dear sis, and keep the light shining in Jesus’ name.

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    1. Thank you, Edith, for your encouraging comment!
      You’ve reminded me of a verse that goes along with what you said about being “more effective in igniting change if we heed this advice.” Philippians 2:14,15 goes right along with that; it says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” (NASB)
      May the Lord bless you as you continue to serve Him, dear sister. 🙂


    1. Hi, Nicki! I’m so glad you stopped by!
      I pray that God will give you the wisdom you need in this decision so that you will not sacrifice what is best. I believe He will give you peace when you have surrendered it all completely to Him and made the right decision. The great news is that we don’t have to trust ourselves; we can give it to Him and trust Him instead. He actually tells us to “lean not on our own understanding” but to trust Him, instead, with all our heart. (Prov. 3:5,6)
      May the Lord guide you and hold your hand and continue to remind you how much He loves you! 🙂

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  4. oooh, “little bosses.” — Hadn’t thought of it that way, but yeah, that’s pretty much what it is, isn’t it? Grumbling is one of the easiest things for us to excuse in ourselves, isn’t it? — I love how faithful God is — when I finally just ask him for help – whether it be with a disgruntled heart or anxiety, or whatever — there’s instant calm. — Good word today, Ruth. Thank you! ((xoxo))

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  5. I loved this piece. I just finished up a series on judgment on my blog, and this compliments it so well. I am going to share on Facebook. Thank you- Maree

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    1. Aren’t you glad it’s a gentle nudge, Barbie?! When I was thinking about this the other day, I stood at the back door looking at the rain, and a huge bolt of lightning struck about a mile away in plain sight from where I was standing. It reminded me that the judge is at the door, and it’s not me.
      May the Judge, who also is your helper, give you good success in the process of getting better. Amen.


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