Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,...
The Amplified version shows more clearly this is speaking of complaining and
faultfinding against God—questioning and doubting His ways, not just merely complaining of things in general. Paul is speaking to children of God about obeying what God says to do. Do we do this yet today? Complain about meditating in His Word day and night, or about assembling ourselves together for fellowship and prayer? Although it may not be so good to grumble and complain about our daily tasks and things, it is definitively not what these verse is talking about—and although it might be a good message to hear, it might not do us as much good as hearing the valuable lesson that it was meant to teach us. When a lesser good thing sidetracks us from the more profitable truth that was meant to be taught, I would suggest foul play at hand. Remember that Satan is always trying to get us to go against and doubt the ways of God, just like he did in the garden. There is a similar story of Moses and the people who murmured in the Old Testament—what
happened to them?
God also says He wants us blameless and harmless children of God, right in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation, so that we can be an example, not just in the sweet by and by as some think. And then in the verse following: holding fast the Word of life, (verse 16). It is God’s Word that will keep us alive and give us the ability to become what God has planned for us to be and do. And yes, now, in this World. You may say, ‘Is it possible to be blameless? Not in our own strength, but surely in the strength of God we can do all things. (Philippians 4:13) If God is GOD, and He is, we must trust Him without question, even when we don’t fully understand. We need to be obedient—before
He gives us the understanding of a thing.
Father, You are our Father, help us to respect that authority and remember our place in Your great plan. Teach us to be obedient children, not rebelling against Your plan and authority. Your Word will keep us from rebelling. Thank You for Your Word. Amen.