Remember that every word you speak has some kind of effect. Proverbs 18:21 says that the tongue (our words) have the power of life or death in them – the way we speak really does matter. So it makes sense that we should avoid complaining at all cost. I think of complaining as the enemy’s language. When we do complain, we open the door for him to come into the situation and cause trouble. Praise and thanksgiving is God’s language.
Complaining comes from an ungrateful, prideful attitude of the heart. It causes us to feel that we should not be inconvenienced or have bad things happen to us.
I’ve learned (and strive to remember) that there is a better approach! I now try to look for the treasure in every trial. The truth is I’ve done most of my spiritual growing during the hardest and most painful times of my life. The trials of life have caused me to press in to God. And as I have done that, He has changed me. He’s helped me develop an attitude of gratitude and humility, which has brought real freedom into my life. Real freedom is being able to not have my way and still be just as happy as if I did.
It’s a difficult process getting to the point of having real freedom. But it is worth it. We just need to accept that gaining spiritual maturity is going to hurt. Growing in God is not always comfortable. There are times of sacrifice involved. And there will be times when God will ask you to do things and you’ll feel that you are neither equipped nor ready to do what is being asked – but He will give you the grace to do it.
Let’s make it our goal to have a constant attitude of gratitude. Resist the temptation to complain but instead praise and thank God for who He is and all He’s done for us. By God’s grace and through His strength, we can overcome complaining and live each day with a joyful and thankful heart.
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