Yesterday I said that I want to discuss all our griping and complaining because it not only embarrasses our Father, it offends Him. It is certainly evidence of our unbelief.
It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are that is causing your discontentment or dissatisfaction, your complaining is always an expression of unbelief toward your Father’s work and care in our life. You see, the whole premise of our faith is that Jesus becomes the Lord (boss) of our life and our circumstances. They are in his hands. Ergo, if believers complain, it really becomes an accusation against our Lord (the one we have entrusted our whole lives). “…he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.” (Exodus 16:8). Don’t stop there! Read Psalm 106:24-26:
Fed up, God decided to get rid of them—and except for Moses, his chosen, he would have. But Moses stood in the gap and deflected God’s anger, prevented it from destroying them utterly. They went on to reject the Blessed Land, didn’t believe a word of what God promised.
They found fault with the life they had and turned a deaf ear to God’s voice. Exasperated, God swore that he’d lay them low in the desert, Scattering their children hither and yon, strewing them all over the earth.
Yikes! Complaining is unbelief in God’s Word which says “We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purposes” (Romans 8:28). If a Christian truly believes that the Lord is in control of their life, and is working “ALL THINGS together for our good,” he will stop complaining and start thanking the Lord for the plan He is working together for us.
Even when the Devil comes against our faith with trials that are “not so good,” Yehoveh will even turn these situations around and “work them together for good” as we remain steadfast in faith—grateful and joyful. Do not become bitter and start complaining, but continue to praise Him and give thanks to Him—not because of, but “in spite of” all things. This will prevent the Devil from beating you into the ground and filling you with discouragement. It will send him fleeing. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Thanksgiving is the expression of gratefulness and faith, and is the exact opposite of complaining. Thanking your Father expresses appreciation for what He has done, what He has promised, and the confidence that He will continue to direct your life with His order and provision. He will answer prayers and work on the behalf of the thankful (Psalm. 50:14-15).
Paul warned believers to avoid the danger of complaining. “…do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel” (I Corinthians 10:10). Paul was saying that complaining actually gives place to the Devil in our lives and opens the door to destruction by the destroyer. The Devil thrives in an atmosphere of complaining. Complaining can literally invoke a curse of destruction as it did in the lives of the Israelites who were destroyed in the wilderness.
In Paul’s comments, he was referring to the Israelites who kept complaining that they were going to die in the wilderness (Numbers 14:2-3), so the Lord finally got fed up with their whining and actually allowed their complaints to come upon them. He said:
“How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me. 28 Now tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. 29 You will all drop dead in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, every one of you who is twenty years old or older and was included in the registration will die.” (Numbers 14:27-29).
The Lord allowed the Destroyer to answer their complaints with the very destruction they confessed and predicted. As Proverbs 18:21 says: “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”