The phrase has been coined, “I can’t (wont) complain, it won’t change anything anyway.” I’ve often heard this said (I’m sure you have too) as a response to, “How’s your day going or how’s it going?” I can understand the rationale behind this statement, however I don’t agree. Complaining does make a difference; however, the difference is often a negative one for the person (s) complaining. Read Numbers 11:1-3 and see how God dealt with complaints from the Israelites.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, was poor, homeless, betrayed by those in His inner circle, beaten, imprisoned, mocked and talked about, targeted by those with power and status, had those of His own hometown attempt to kill Him, suffered persecution, tried in every aspect by Satan, and was brutally and shamefully tortured and killed, despite having done everything right (and nothing wrong)…He endured all of this, and more, with absolutely no complaints? When you consider what our master experienced, do we really have anything to complain about? Is self-justification the motive behind complaining? Complaining is so easy to do and being humble can be so hard, yet a life of humility is what God expects of us; that is, being humble in all circumstances, in all respects.

Philippians 2: 14, 15 states, “Do everything without complaining or arguing. Then you will be innocent and without any wrong. You will be God’s children without fault. But you are living with crooked and mean people all around you, among whom you shine like stars in the dark world.” (NCV) When you find yourself with a burning desire to selfishly complain about __________________(you fill in the blank), consider Christ and all He suffered on your behalf and thank God for not giving you what you really deserve (refer back to Numbers 11:1-3).

MD 4/4/12