The Problem with Complaining

For forty long years God endured Israel’s perpetual complaints in the wilderness. Instead of remembering how God had delivered them from slavery in Egypt, and instead of eagerly anticipating the land of milk and honey God had promised them, they kept grousing about their trials along the way.

In all this they betrayed both their ingratitude and lack of faith in their benevolent Provider.

We’re supposed to learn something from them: how not to be.

“Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. Nor grumble as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction . . .” (1 Corinthians 10:9-11).

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world . . .” (Philippians 2:14-15).

                                                Ode to a Grouch

Grumble, murmur, whine, complain.

Air your grievance; don’t refrain.

“Woe is me!”–yes, sing that song.

Sing it loud and sing it long.

And to make it even worse,

Sing the same song, second verse.

Let them know that you’re upset.

Just make sure they don’t forget.

Keep on griping–don’t be shy.

Bellyache until you die.

But after all is done and said,

Will they miss you when you’re dead?


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