January 7, 2019 by maryruwe
I was thinking the other day of an incident in my life and “caught” myself wanting to complain; or maybe I “was” complaining. Ugh! So I repented and began to pray about the situation. Some may say that it’s natural to complain when things are not going as smoothly as we want. But I submit to you that for a Christian, complaining should not be a natural thing to do. As Christians, praying should be our first and natural response.
We belong to Christ and in Him is “no guile”. (1 Peter 2:21-22) Guile is a form of deceitfulness. Therefore complaining is a deceitfulness tool of the devil and causes us to be negative, and it gives him a place to steal, kill, and destroy our lives. (Ephesians 4:27, 1 Corinthians 10:10) Complaining is repeating the situation and keeps things as they are, or makes things worse. The Bible is the positive Word of God. Second Corinthians 1:20 tells us, “for all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him amen, to the glory of God through us”. In other words God’s promises working in our lives bring glory to Him. His promises bring blessings of goodness to us. According to Romans 4:17 prayer changes the situation by calling into existence the will of God. Complaining is always done with harsh words but prayer has a softness of love and brings healing and restoration.
Complaining keeps our spirit negatively overwhelmed and does nothing to set us free from the adverse effects of the problem or situation. If we truly are seeking God’s will in a situation then we will want what God wants, not only for ourselves but also for others. Speaking the Word of God brings faith; and keeps our focus on the promises of God. It enables us to rise above the hurt of a situation, helps us to forgive, brings hope and joy to our heart, and gives us courage to believe that God can bring good out of the situation. (Romans 8:28)
Complaining displeases God; faith pleases God. (Numbers 11:1) (Hebrews 11:6)
It didn’t do Hannah any good to weep because she was barren, but in praying her words were heard and answered with the birth of a son. (1 Samuel 1:8, 20)
It didn’t do Nehemiah any good to just weep about the situation of the wall of Jerusalem, but in pray and fasting he found favor with the king and was release to go to Judah to fix the wall, and got the game plan to restore the wall. (Nehemiah 1:4, 2:1-4)
A person may be jealous about not having what others have, but in many cases James 4:3 is the answer to that problem: they ask, and receive not, because they ask amiss, that they may consume it upon their lusts. In other words, they have the wrong attitude for wanting the blessings of God; maybe what they thought was a prayer was really complaining. We have to monitor our heart condition to make sure we don’t fall prey to the deceitful complaining tool of the enemy. It is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks which is why we are told to keep our heart with all diligence. ( (Luke 6:45, Proverbs 4:23)
Remember it is prayer that changes things for good, not complaining.
I challenge you, and myself, to give up complaining of any form (words and thoughts); forget and forgive those things in the past and reach forward to those things which are ahead, pressing toward the goal of the prize to be more like Jesus every day. (Philippians 3:13-14)