Don’t Let Complaining Creep In

“These peo­ple are grum­blers and com­plain­ers.” Jude v.16 NLT

“The Lord… has heard your grum­bling against him.” Ex 16:7 NIV

Jon Gor­don says: “My wife’s friend Rachel would­n’t stop com­plain­ing about her job… the com­pa­ny, the econ­o­my, her lack of sales… l final­ly stopped her and said, ‘It’s sim­ple. You have a choice. You can accept your com­pa­ny’s new poli­cies, come to work with a pos­i­tive atti­tude and be your best every day, or you can find a new job. But what­ev­er you do, stop com­plain­ing because it’s not doing any good. Change your job or change your atti­tude.’… The con­ver­sa­tion was over, and so was our friend­ship, I thought. Rachel would­n’t speak to me for a few months. Then I saw her at a par­ty and she told me she decid­ed to take my advice. She stayed in her job, stopped com­plain­ing and start­ed sell­ing more. Three months after chang­ing her atti­tude her sales were up 30 per­cent, a year lat­er they were up 70 percent…The oth­er day, three years after our ini­tial con­ver­sa­tion, I caught up with Rachel again and asked her how she was doing. She told me dur­ing the last two years her sales con­tin­ued to grow. She’s been pro­mot­ed twice and is now in her dream job. It’s the job she always want­ed and she’s more excit­ed and pas­sion­ate than ever. ls com­plain­ing sab­o­tag­ing you and/or your team?… l was in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion ten years ago. But I learned when you stop whin­ing and take pos­i­tive action, you start win­ning.’ The Bible places whin­ers and com­plain­ers in the same class as “sin­ners [who] have spo­ken against [God]… grum­blers and com­plain­ers… liv­ing only to sat­is­fy their desires… to get what they want” (vv. 15–16 NLT). Instead, you should be full of faith—thanking God for His bless­ings and trust­ing Him for the future.

When you com­plain, God takes it per­son­al­ly. It shows a lack of faith in His Word that says, “God caus­es every­thing to work togeth­er for the good of those who Iove [him]” (Ro 8:28 NLT). The Bible says: “When Pharaoh… |et the peo­ple go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philis­tine ter­ri­to­ry, even though that was the short­est route to the Promised Land. God said, ’If the peo­ple are faced with a bat­tle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.’ So God led them in a round­about way” (Ex 13:17–18 NLT). God sees the end from the begin­ning, and He’s lead­ing you in a round­about way! Once you accept that, you can stop com­plain­ing. When Israel grum­bled, “the Lord’s anger blazed… and… he destroyed some of the peo­ple” (Nu 11:1 NLT). Dr. Dale A. Rob­bins writes: “they refused to trust Him to pro­vide, pro­tect, and direct their lives… whole premise of Chris­tian­i­ty is Jesus becomes the ‘boss’ of our cir­cum­stances. We’re in His hands. If believ­ers com­plain, it becomes an accu­sa­tion against the Lord to whom we’ve trust­ed our lives, and He ’[hears] all your com­plaints against him’ (Ex 16:8 NLT).” When you go through tough times, don’t resort to com­plain­ing. Praise God in spite of what’s hap­pen­ing. “Be thank­ful in all cir­cum­stances” (1 Th 5:18 NLT). Thanks­giv­ing is the oppo­site of com­plain­ing. lt express­es appre­ci­a­tion for every­thing God has done and what He promis­es to do, and shows con­fi­dence that He’s in charge. The Psalmist said, “Offer to God the sac­ri­fice of thanks­giv­ing and… in the day of trou­ble; I will deliv­er you” (Ps 50:14–15 AMP). Grat­i­tude — not grum­bling — moti­vates God to work on your behalf.

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA.