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.