Why Do I Complain So Much?

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?

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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