God hates complaining. It releases negativity and doubt, robbing us of walking into a new day because we lose faith. The Israelites spent 40 YEARS in the desert because they were ungrateful, unfaithful and untrusting! I believe God wanted them to get to the promised land, but it was their murmuring that kept them in the wilderness. They thought they deserved more. They were focused on themselves. How can you hear from God when you are always complaining? Thankfulness is humility. God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud.
Christmas time breeds this in people, as well as the superstar celebrity mentality in church! And dare I say…Facebook too!
You know, I think God has shown me that dissatisfaction is rooted in worshiping self. We think we deserve more and when we don’t get it, that opens the door to self pity. The spirit of self pity is an insidious one. I see it strongest on people that have become addicted to sins that are all about gratifying themselves. They play the victim, blaming God, so they will have an excuse to go and sin more. Living in rebellion to God, and trying to meet our own needs never works. Flesh never satisfies.
We have to die to live. We have to walk by faith and not sight. We have to speak life, and believe God! We have to worship HIM…and not ourselves!
…[they] murmured in their tents, [and] hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD. (Psalms 106:25)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Do not fret – it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8)
Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.