“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” Phil. 2:14 (NIV)
4 Things We Need to Know About Complaining
COMPLAINING IS ___________________.
“In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” Exodus 16:2-3 (NIV)
COMPLAINING CREATES _____________.
“What is it?”
“Whatever it is.”
“Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it.19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’” Numbers 11:18-20 (NIV)
COMPLAINGING LACKS _____________.
FWP—First World Problems
“I can’t believe Chick Fila isn’t open on Sundays…what am I going to do? Don’t they know I need waffle fries? Looks like it’s McKenzie River again family.”
“I hate winter! It’s so cold outside and it looks like I’m going to have to make another pot of coffee and sit here next to my fireplace reading my book.”
“I’m sick and tired of all the selections companies are putting before us now days. Too many movies, tv shows, restaurants and oh yes…all those candy bars!”
“I hate all this clutter, I can’t even get my third car in the garage. Especially when my motorcycle and boat is in the way!”
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites.28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: 29 In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. Numbers 14:26-29 (NIV)
“Complaining may seem innocent enough to us, but God takes it personally.” –ERWIN LUTZER
The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? Numbers 14:11 (NIV)
COMPLAINING ____________ THE GOOD NEWS OF THE ____________.