Day 56: Complaining (Numbers 14-15, Mark 6:1-32)

Are you a complainer? Maybe you don’t notice it, but most of us have a nasty habit of whining when things don’t go our way. If you don’t complain externally, what about in your heart? Maybe you find yourself struggling with a negative attitude, which is a version of complaining.

The Israelites were God’s chosen people, a people God showed His great love to over and over again. He miraculously rescued them from oppression and slavery at the hands of the Egyptians, and providentially provided for His people in every step as they traveled to the Promised Land.

Yet, they complained. They even went so far as to say that they want to go back to Egypt—the land where for hundreds of years, they suffered at the hands of their captors. Can you imagine how this grieved the Lord’s heart?

We can be just like the Israelites. Complaining, whining, or grumbling demonstrates a lack of trust in the Lord. It is evidence that we think we know better than He does and that we think our perspective is best.

In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul commands us as believers to do EVERYTHING without complaining because it sets us apart from the World. Trusting Him is one of the greatest ways we can worship and love the Lord. Ask the Lord today to change your complaining to worship, even when it’s challenging.

What do you most frequently complain about?

In what ways can you consciously trust the Lord in those areas?

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2 thoughts on “Day 56: Complaining (Numbers 14-15, Mark 6:1-32)

  1. I complain a lot about the chores around the house, that whoever is responsible for certain things doesn’t do them at the required times.
    I complain about my husband’s way of showing me love, that it isn’t enough.
    The enemy has tried to pursued me that my husband doesn’t love me anymore when deep down I know that’s not true. There are good reasons that he is acting (with little love) the way he is so God said to me that I can love. I should show the love for my husband that I would want him to show to me and then I should be quiet and patiently expect to see changes that God will make in my husband.
    As for the chores – well God has given me the strength and ability to get things done when and how they need to and so I patiently keep teaching and setting the boundaries on the topic with my family, in a firm but loving manner.

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    1. Thanks for your honesty, Natasha! There are so many women in our Tirzah community, including myself who long to be married. While it has its joys, God uses marriage to make us holy…it can be a hard and painful experience. There are times when I complain about my singleness to God and don’t understand why I’ve been single for so long or what His plans are for my life but as I read your comment, I couldn’t help but think the best way to combat complaining with with confirmation. A wise man once told me that he would love and serve his wife even if she didn’t love him (or was being loving at the time). Jesus loves us even when we’re not the most lovable or loving to Him. He doesn’t stop loving us and instead keeps pouring out that love so that we would return back to Him. There are some great books that I think would help you and prayerfully your marriage like Love Dare and the 5 Love Languages. The enemy would love nothing more than to rip marriages apart because they are a beautiful reflection of Jesus and the church. We’ll be praying for you!

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