And that is neither a safe nor a wise thing to do.
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. Then his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.’ But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
When you complain, at least 2 sinful assumptions in your heart are being revealed.
- You believe you deserve better than the thing you’re complaining about. This is sinful because you are denying God’s pronouncement that you have sinned gravely against Him, and the only thing that you truly deserve is His eternal wrath. You are indicting God’s goodness.
- You believe you know better than God. After all, you certainly would not have chosen this thing that happened, which is of course why you are huffing and puffing about the fact that it did. This is sinful because you are placing your own wisdom above God’s. You are indicting God’s wisdom.
For a complainer, the chief problem is not the thing he is complaining about. The biggest issue at hand is the sin in his heart that his complaining is revealing.
To complain is to indict God for not being good enough and not being wise enough. And the fact that we are not right this moment in His Hell, the place our wickedness and selfishness merits, is proof that He is plenty good. And His rocksteady Word and the fact that in contrast to Him I am a fickle, petty, shortsighted man remind me He darn sure is wise.
So the answer to the bitterness and anger and fear and rage that swirl around your complaint is not merely to fix what ticked you off. That won’t fix the underlying cause. That’s just treating the symptom.
Ultimately, the solution you need in the midst of your complaint is repentance, followed by wholeheartedly casting yourself on the mercy and wisdom of the God of Jesus Christ. You must call your sin sin and then entrust yourself to the undeserved love of Jesus Christ.
But don’t ever think that getting rid of the annoying or frustrating thing will be the ultimate answer.
Complaining is the symptom.
Sin is the disease.