The Wages Of Complaining
Complainers don*t know or remember how much God loves them, or they don*t know or remember that He is sovereign over every detail of their lives.Lamentations 3:39: Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
Everything God permits in the lives of unbelievers is intended to bring them to faith. Everything He permits in the lives of sinning Christians is intended to bring them back into fellowship. Everything He permits in the lives of faithful Christians is intended to work for their good. There is nothing that anyone should complain about.Numbers 11:1: And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. Numbering 14:29: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
Deuteronomy 1:27: And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
Definitions of murmuring: to be obstinate (especially in words), to complain and to grudge. Murmuring and complaining are pretty much the same thing. The wages of complaining (murmuring) for those Israelites was premature death. The Lord includes complaining among some other heavy duty sins.
Jude 1:15-16: To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men*s persons in admiration because of advantage.
Sometimes individuals would rather have something to complain about than have the problem solved. We might complain to a mortal that can solve the thing we are complaining about. But God is above that mortal too. We should pray to God about our complaints before we complain to mortal men. Since God is in charge of everything, complaining is always directly or indirectly against Him. While we should never complain against God, we can complain to Him. He is the first one we should complain to because ultimately He is the one who could fix the thing that we complain about. Often He is the only one we should complain to because He is the only one who truly knows if the things we complain about are good for us. He knows the best time to remove the thing that we complain about.Psalms 102:1: A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
Psalms 142:2: I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.1 Thessalonians 5:16: Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing.
Ephesians 5:20: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Rejoicing evermore won*t leave time for complaining. Praying is the only occasion when complaining MIGHT be appropriate. We should be willing to give thanks to our wise God for the problems.Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Thinking about those things will take our attention away from anything we might complain about. Many of the things we complain about are things we brought upon ourselves. And, of course, if there are problems we can fix ourselves, we should fix them instead of complaining about them. By the way, this article hits me right on the nose too.
Care to discuss Wages Of Complaining, The with Ron?