Have you ever studied the Word of God; and God brought great conviction upon your heart? Yesterday, while I was studying Jeremiah, God convicted me of something that I hadn’t thought about in a while.
The Book of Jeremiah is full of contrasts, disappointments, tears, God’s judgment, God’s love and future prophecy. In Jeremiah 20, Jeremiah experiences forty lashes from a whip. He also is tortured throughout the night in a public setting. He is ridiculed and hated because of his proclamation of God’s Word.
While studying this portion of scripture, I became convicted about my life. “Have I ever suffered like Jeremiah?” “Why do I complain so much?” I was deeply convicted that I often fall into the trap of a complaining spirit. I complain about circumstances, demands upon my time, people, the weather and many other matters. How can I enjoy God’s presence and complain at the same time?
God knows that many of us struggle with a complaining heart. He tells us “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” (Philippians 2:14,15) My complaining spirit not only affects my relationship with God, but also with others. How can I minister to others about God’s love, wisdom, and faithfulness, when inside my heart, I have a complaining spirit?
Paul understood the antidote to a complaining spirit when he wrote these words while in prison. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:11,12) Paul didn’t complain because he knew that God had given unto him all that he needed for his present happiness. Paul had the presence of God!
When I look at what others have suffered or are suffering, why should I complain? My complaining spirit is a sign of selfishness. It is also a sign that I am not content in all that I have in Jesus Christ.
“Dear Lord, thank you for convicting me of my complaining spirit. In your Word, I see so many who followed you without complaining. They suffered greatly for you and your cause. Thank you for their testimony that shows me that I can live my life without complaining. Help me, to see your presence in every circumstance, every task, and every social encounter. Thank you for your loving-kindness in convicting me of this sin. Amen”
6 thoughts on “Why Do I Complain So Much?”
So true–thank you.
Pat, thanks for the encouraging words.
Thank you for this post! I find my self also falling into the same pattern in my life as well. When I really examine my heart, I know that it is because I fail to have faith that God will provide what I need.
Jessica, I am glad that you found this post helpful. Complaining seems to be a sin that is under the radar in the lives of many Christians. I am grateful for the Lord’s conviction in this matter.
Thank you for sharing this. It is good to be reminded that complaining is sin.
Lois, thanks for your note. It has been a great reminder to me as the Lord convicted me so vividly of this sin while I was studying Jeremiah 20.