“And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings (complaints) against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur (complain) against us? And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh (meat) to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings (complaints) which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings (complaints) are not against us, but against the LORD.” Exodus 16:7-8
I once was teaching a lesson in Freedom That Lasts, and telling a story like I often do. I was carrying on talking about something, and I mentioned that I did not like lasagna and hoped to not eat it anytime soon. A few people started to giggle, and I noticed someone looking at me with disdain. I was confused, but brushed it off. I soon finished the lesson and we started to gather around so we could eat dinner. I quickly learned what was so funny - we were having lasagna for dinner. There is not much I could say because my foot took up all the space in my mouth. I am learning to keep what I like and don't like to myself and to be grateful for whatever meal God provides.
I have spent many a time complaining outwardly and, even more often, complaining inside my own head. Although I was smiling on the outside, but my body language betrayed me. I lived my life with a chip on my shoulder, and I found reasons to complain about anything and everything. I received a dart board for Christmas, and I complained about it. I got leftovers for dinner when I wanted fried chicken, and I complained about that. I prayed for my girlfriend to become my wife and God answered my prayer, but I found fault with her and complained again. I really have no reason to complain in life, but it never stopped me from doing it.
Complaining has become so commonplace in our society that we fail to recognize it as sin. We complain about the weather, jobs, spouses, and our kids. We complain about grocery lines being too long and gas prices starting to climb. We forget that when we complain, we are complaining directly to God and complaining directly against Him. We forget all the good He has done, and we forget that He is always good even when we don't believe it to be true. We forget our full bellies, the roof over our heads, and the great God who loves us perfectly. We complain out of our abundance, and we fail to realize that God is always with us and He hears our complaints.
How are you doing in the complaint department, friend? Do you find yourself complaining about anything and everything? Have you come to realize that you are actually complaining against the Lord? Do you find yourself giving thanks to Him or simply filling up the complaint box? I Thessalonians 5:18 states, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” We are so rich in Christ Jesus, and it displeases almighty God when we complain against Him. May our hearts be filled with praise as we have much to be thankful for. May we remember that we are not simply complaining about the things we dislike, but we are complaining against our Lord. May we bring Him honor and glory with what we say, and may we not soon forget how good our God is to us.
Stay in the fight!