Do all things without grumbling or complaining. (Phil 2:14, NLT)
Can you claim this?
I can’t either.
But where does our grumbling and complaining stem from? What’s at the root?
In short. Pride.
Pride partnered with selfishness and entitlement.
Satan has deceived us into believing God is hateful and unfair. That He’s to blame for our injustices. That our hardships and burdens are His vindictive maneuvers, not consequences of sin and part of living in a fallen world. In the backwash of this deception, bitterness clouds our perception because we focus on our obstacles and challenges rather than on our God who is able help us overcome them—complaining along the way.
And to what end?
Do our complaints reverse any of the hardships we face or challenges we endure?
How do they testify to the quality of our faith in Jesus and our trust in His ability to protect, provide, and lead us?
Let’s face it. Our grumbling repels this unbelieving generation. Why would they want to follow Jesus if all His people do is habitually complain? If they’re negative and bitter? Disgruntled and unhappy? That would make me run the other way. Fast!
But what if we ask God to change our perspective on our trials and challenges?
James tells us, Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (1:2-4)
My friend, God often uses our challenges to get our attention and invite us to come (back) to Him. He uses our hardships to strengthen our faith as we draw us closer to Jesus so we’ll be equipped to bear fruit. Fruit with seeds of faith, hope and love to plant in the hearts of those who don’t yet know Him.
So, let’s rejoice in all things and give thanks for our trials! Let’s present ourselves as who are are: Children God
- Without Blemish
- Shining as bright lights
- Holding fast to the Word of Life
Jesus, forgive me for my unbelief and pride reflected in my careless words and complaints. I want to be thankful and see Your fingerprints in my hurts and challenges so I can shine brightly for You wherever You have me.