Numbers 21:4-7 (AMPC) 4 And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom, and the people became impatient (depressed, much discouraged), because [of the trials] of the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water, and we loathe this light (contemptible, unsubstantial) manna. 6 Then the Lord sent fiery (burning) serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and many Israelites died. 7 And the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord, that He may take away the serpents from us. So Moses prayed for the people.
A lot of annoying things happen to us each day that make us want to complain. The devil wants to annoy us so we complain all of the time. When we grumble and complain about life we are not displaying Christian behavior, yet we all seem to complain a heck of a lot more than we should. What is the point of going to church and serving God if we are not going glorify God in all we do? God has a certain life for us to live out and that life offers greatness and prosperity.
Instead of complaining about life we can give God praise that we get through it alive. Life is challenging and tough – and that is just the way it is. We can play the happy and glad game rather than the complaining game our entire lives. We can choose to be happy when faced with negative situations. It is easy to be happy and thankful until we are faced with a trial that we don’t want to face. The amount of attention we pay to the situation is the amount it will bother us. We are called to trust God in difficult situations. Trusting God is not something we have to do, but rather, it is an option for us.
We can even complain about the very things and situations that we prayed to God for. We pray for a car and then complain about the car. We pray for a spouse and then complain about our spouse. We pray to have children then complain about our children. The list goes on and on.
When a problem comes into our lives we must focus on the victory that is ours. We focus so much on the situation that we overlook what God is doing to bring us out of the problem. Don’t complain about something you are willing to do nothing about. Life is not going to change, but you can change the way you approach life!
Lamentations 3:38-40 (AMPC)38 Is it not out of the mouth of the Most High that evil and good both proceed [adversity and prosperity, physical evil or misfortune and physical good or happiness]? 39 Why does a living man sigh [one who is still in this life’s school of discipline]? [And why does] a man complain for the punishment of his sins? 40 Let us test and examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord!
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen