People usually complain at almost everything. Complaining is almost similar to being not satisfied at something. And there are two ways on how people complain at things.
One, the proper or right complain – when we buy products and the product did not meet our expectations, or the product has a defect, it is rightful to complain about that product. When our right as a person is being ignored, it is dutiful to complain and fight for that right.
And the other one, people just complain even if it is not worthy to complain about. In other words, it is a non-sense complain. Some people doesn’t have sense of contentment. They feel that the world is always unfair to them. They complain at every price increase, they complain when the rain comes, they complain about their works, jobs and salaries, they complain at almost anything in their lives.
In the ancient Israel, we see how they complain about their conditions when Moses was leading them to the promise land after they were freed from captivity in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 16:8) Then Moses said, “It is the LORD who will give you meat to eat in the evening and as much bread as you want in the morning, because he has heard how much you have complained against him. When you complain against us, you are really complaining against the LORD.”
While they were in Egypt, they complain about their hardships. When they were freed, again, they complained about what they eat, drink and all the hardships they experienced while travelling to the promised land. (Exodus 17:3) But the people were very thirsty and continued to complain to Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? To kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”
Many times that the children of Israel complain about their condition. They lack in faith. They forgot that it is God who freed them from slavery.
(Numbers 11:1, 4) The people began to complain to the LORD about their troubles. When the LORD heard them, he became angry and sent fire on the people. It burned among them and destroyed one end of the camp. There were foreigners traveling with the Israelites. They had a strong craving for meat, and even the Israelites themselves began to complain: “If only we could have some meat!
They never stopped complaining while on their way to the promised land. But actually, those who are wicked are the ones who complain against God. From the verses below, we can see how God punished these wicked people.
(Numbers 14:27, 36) ”How much longer are these wicked people going to complain against me? I have heard enough of these complaints! The men Moses had sent to explore the land brought back a false report which caused the people to complain against the LORD. And so the LORD struck them with a disease, and they died.
The Prophet Isaiah says Israel complain that as if God doesn’t know their troubles. They assume that God has already left or ignored them. Actually, its not true. (Isaiah 40:27) Israel, why then do you complain that the LORD doesn’t know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice?
Like Israel, we too complain when something bad is happening to us. Job, a servant of God is correct in saying that we welcome all the good things from God, yet we complain when we experience things that are not good to us. (Job 2:10) Job answered, “You are talking nonsense! When God sends us something good, we welcome it. How can we complain when he sends us trouble?” Even in all this suffering Job said nothing against God.
Complaining can be a right but have to be done properly.
But complaining against God’s will only provoke Him to anger. We must learn how to accept the things we cannot change in our lives. We must learn to accept all the troubles, hardships and sufferings that were meant to happen in our lives, to measure how we love God above all else, to measure the extent of our trust and faith in Him. Be content.
Complaining is an attitude of the wicked. If we are God’s children, we respect and accept all things happen for a reason, that is, God’s will and these things happen for the benefits of his sons and daughters who trust Him.