Even after God had miraculously taken care of them while they wandered in the wilderness, the people of Israel constantly complained. They whined, “There is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” (Num. 11:6). Geez, thanks for nothin’! What ingratitude!
Yes, we have all done it from time to time. I’m sure I whined or complained about something today. Things don’t go our way and we complain about this and whine about that. Be careful you don’t step on that lower lip! The Bible clearly says that complaining is a sin. It is shows an attitude of an ungrateful spirit. Sometimes, we tend to focus on the negatives rather than the positives of life. We murmur against the Lord when we should be praising Him for our countless blessings. We let ourselves be distracted by the disappointments and deprivations that God may be allowing for our spiritual good.
1 Corinthians 10:10 – And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
Job 10:1 – I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
While the Bible says that complaining is a sin, it also states that it can lead to further disobedience. If you complain too much or focus on the negative things, you can lose sight of all the good things God does in your life. This can lead to an attitude where you lose faith and cause others to lose faith, too.
Psalm 106:25 – They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the LORD.
Things will go wrong in your life. You will not always get your way. Stuff happens. You can spend your time complaining, taking your eyes off of God, or you can find a way to make things better. You can remember all the other things God has provided. Not only will you be happier, but you will be a positive Christian example to everyone around you.
Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
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