Early in the year 2017, I saw myself in a state of constant “COMPLAINT”. I complained about everything. From my weight to my hair, my health, my husband, my job the list goes on and on. Most of the complains happened internally, and it wasn’t a good feeling. There were some things I had control over and some things that I could not control. One day I heard God ask me a question. He said – what will you say about those who do not have food to eat? Or those who can’t get off their bed? You have a roof over your head yet there are people without basic shelter. What about that husband you fasted and prayed for? Some are praying for one. It was like a light bulb was lit up in my soul.
Complains! That was the reason why some of the Israelites did not make it into the promised land. Complaining is something I have been doing for a long time. I realized that I complained more than 100 times last week. Some of my common complaints included comments like: “my school’s system is so old and are slow in sending my transcript”, “OMG! My children keep messing up the room with their books”, “I need more money”, “My drive to work is too long”. Complain, complain, and complain. God hates when we complain about everything He has done for us, especially the things we prayerfully requested from him. It reminds me of the children of Israel.
When the children of Israel were in Egypt, they complained about slavery and how Pharaoh treated them. Hence, God sent them a savior in the name of Moses to lead them to the promised land. They complained when they were leaving Egypt. They said to Moses, you could have left us there to die than to take us out of Egypt to suffer (Read Exodus 16). They complained all the way through. As I studied the book of Exodus, I was aggravated by all the nagging and complaining. Imagine how Moses would have felt. Personally, I would have told God to find someone else. After reading Exodus 16, I was more cautious of what I complain about.
We live in a world full of reasons to complaints. Imagine if there was a “complaints department” for life’s general issues… how many complaints would they receive from people on a daily basis? Whenever you find yourself making unnecessary complaints about the issues in your life, pause and ask the question… Why do I feel so angry? What is the root cause of this bitterness?
Friends, instead of complaining, let’s be thankful for the little things in life.
I leave you with this… try to “go through the next 24 hours without complaining, then watch how your life will start to change!”