Imagine you found yourself at work and suddenly the fire alarm goes off. You notice people looking around as if to say, “Is this real or is it a drill?” The alarm continues and now you’re getting the sense that maybe something is really going on. Panic starts to set in for people as they wonder what to do. Suddenly, someone yells at the top of his or her lungs, “I don’t know what to do!” Not very inspiring, right? Meaning, you wouldn’t feel compelled to follow this person or to look for them to lead you out safely, would you?
Complaining is making that same announcement. Complaining is yelling, “I don’t know what to do!” We all have been there. We all can relate to not knowing how to get out of a jam. But how many times did complaining do anything about it?
Scripture gives us a lot of warning about complaining. Rather than go into every warning, let me point to the heart of why God has a huge problem with it. Complaining is a cry of helplessness. When you cry out as if you’re helpless you’re saying God isn’t helping you. That’s never the case. In fact, when we complain, we are shutting our eyes to the solutions that are right before us. Complaining is wack, uninspiring, and demoralizing. It highlights the problem and erases the answer.
Have you found yourself complaining a lot lately? Let me point you to the Lord who is your Help in every situation. I know that sounds churchy and religious. But what if you did something radical and really believed this? What if instead of complaining you got into the habit of quieting yourself, going into a place of solitude and praying for an answer? I’m convinced answers would begin to flood your spirit. The answer is in your spirit.
Would you be willing to keep doing this for days or weeks until you got a sense of clarity and conviction of what to do? The key is being determined. Even if you had to go back into prayer a few hours later because you were still unsure – do it!
If you’ve placed your faith in Christ, everything you could ever need is right there. Courage, strength, clarity and joy! You name it! It’s there! However, complaining shrouds the light. It amplifies the darkness and disempowers you to make decisions. Today marks a new day for you! This is the day you begin to relentlessly seek answers in prayer. This is the day you follow up with decisive action. You are not a complainer, in Jesus name!
14 “Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:14-15