I have been reading in Numbers 11 this morning. At the end of the chapter the people are struck with a plague and die. The place is called Kibroth-hattaavah, which means “graves of craving.”
Are you in this place today? Is complaining the language of your heart today?
It is very important that you don’t walk away from this post MAINLY with the mentality of, “I better stop complaining or else God might kill me!” This type of thinking is what can be called 1/2 living.
1/2 living is only when you concentrate on the things that need to be out of your life. Other people have referred to this as being “sin centric”. The issue is that Jesus didn’t die on the cross ONLY to take away your sins. He also died in order to put His perfect righteousness in you (1 Peter 2:24)!
Therefore, the big issue with complaining is the reality that not only do we unseat the goodness of God in our heart, we also replace it with an, “I know what is best God and it sure as heck does not include what you have let happen to me,” type of mentality.
The way to unseat complaining is by cultivating a heart of gratitude. This is not some type of conjuring up of realities that do not really exist. A heart of gratitude comes from BEGINNING with that which is of most importance, our standing before God. This mist of a life has been purchased by a loving Father who says He will work all things together for our good (Rom. 8:28). He gives us such a hope that He says, it’s better to suffer while doing good than to commit evil (1 Pet. 3:17). WHAT HOPE!
We must understand that He is telling us to do this because suffering while doing good is not something that we need to conjure up! This is the righteousness we are to live by that He has placed in us.
The reason we shouldn’t complain is that it is contrary to our nature in Christ. Ask God to give you eyes to see and ears to hear according to the nature of He that is in you today. Throw off the cloak of complaining and live in the abundance of gratitude.