By: Verdiebon Codoy
Do all things without complaining and disputing. Philippians 2:14 (NKJV)
The 11th chapter of Numbers is an awakening story that will enlighten and remind us how the Lord is saddened and displeased with our complaints, for it shows our ingratitude and distrust towards Him.
Apostle Paul call upon Christians to do all things without complaining, but as I try to assay myself, I couldn’t end a week without grumbling about various stuff. Moreover, it’s so ironic how some of us whine about the things which others longed to have. Certain complaints show our discontent about the things that God has provided. Here are a few:
● “I only have few students which makes me feel useless and disheartened at times.” —- “I got a lot of them which wore me out everyday.”
● “My pastor monitors me every time and it chokes me.” —— “Mine doesn’t care or even check me at all.”
● “Our church doesn’t have any program and it’s so arid and boring.” —- “Ours has a bunch of activities, that even Sundays we go outside; consequently, I don’t have free time.”
How can you say life is not fair when everyone experiences its unfairness? I used to think that people complained for they have lots of problems. But I’ve come to realize that they have those difficulties for they always complain. Complaining doesn’t change anything or make situations better; it only amplifies frustration and intensify discontent and discord which God detests (Prov. 6:16-19). In fact, it gives way to our opponent to cause havoc in our lives.
It got through my head that I spend so much time complaining and that I had been so blind of the real blessings that have been bestowed upon me. Let’s cut off this awful tendency. We must learn from the past experiences of Israelites that due to their complaints, they lost sight of the wonderful things that God provided them.
We, Christians should be people of faith filled with gratefulness and thanksgiving. Try to live each day without complaining and at the same time start thanking. It is by then you’ll realize how loved and blessed you are by Him. Life is more amazing than you think when you recognize every blessing that a magnanimous God has bequeathed in you.