This is a repost from May of 2022. This still rings true today. The question to ask is, have we limited the amount of complaining we do? Hopefully, the answer is yes. As we enter into this new year, let this be our goal - stop complaining. Enjoy!
I don't know about you, but at times it seems whenever something is happening in my life, the Sunday message is right there to hit me. Last week was on making excuses and this week...about complaining. As humans, we ALL complain. We complain about the weather, our jobs, the prices of gas, food, etc., our families, ANYTHING. However what happens when we complain? NOTHING! Our complaining doesn't change anything. The weather is still not what we want it to be, our jobs are the same, and we can't change the prices of items. Our best bet is to make everything work with what is presented to us. I'm not saying that some things don't need changing but complaining without action doesn't do any good. In that case, we need to pray and ask God how things should be changed and our part in it.
We complain about the weather that it's too hot, too cold, raining, or snowing. But if there was no rain, the grass and the seeds for food won't grow. Then we will complain about a drought or not enough food. The coldness helps to destroy germs and I'm not sure of the purpose of snow and ice but there must be :-). We complain about our jobs, but if we're not happy then we should leave it. We complain, but what are we doing about it? If we're not doing anything, we need to stop complaining.
The most important thing is that God doesn't like complaining (Philippians 2:14). When we complain, we're telling God He doesn't have things in control and that we know better than Him. Can you imagine how He feels when we constantly complain? I know for me, when someone is constantly complaining, I want to scream and pull my hair out. Of course I don't but sometimes I just want to. I also remembered what happened to the children of Israel when they were in the wilderness. They were complaining that they couldn't take the promised land and was complaining to Moses. God got mad and said those 20 years and older will not enter into the promised land. The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. I don't know about you, I don't want to complain and God says, "That's it! You're going to remain where you're at".
The remedy to complaining? Being content in whatever state we're in. Being content when the weather is not what we want it to be. Being content with our jobs, families, the prices of items. Because you know why? It could be a whole lot worse. Also another remedy could be that knowing that what we're doing is hurting the heart of God and questioning His sovereignty. This week, let us take note of our complaining and learn to be content. Have a blessed week!