I asked Jesus: “What gets on Your nerves the most?” His answer surprised me. I expected to hear him rail on the “big-time” sins like murder, lying or immorality. Instead, He replied, “Complaining.” He elaborated on the subject in great detail. Here’s what Jesus had to say…
Why do people whine about the answers to their prayers? I give freely and abundantly. Everything I give is good for the spirit, soul and body. Yet, most people want what is harmful and will destroy them. Why? Because they have developed a taste for evil. What is wicked has become normal to them. They have been surrounded by it for so long, when something healthy comes along, they reject it. They complain about it.
It reminds me of my people who came out of Egypt after 400 years of slavery. You would think they would be happy to be free. After all, they complained and cried about their Egyptian taskmasters, who treated them harshly. Finally, their prayers were answered. The Egyptians were punished with a series of plagues until at last, Pharaoh released them to worship Me in the wilderness.
Keep in mind, I am not a cruel taskmaster. I never treated the Israelites harshly. All I asked them to do was follow Me. That requires trust. But, I deserved their trust and at least a little appreciation. I have a good track record. I always keep my word. They saw miracle after miracle, provision after provision—food literally appeared at their doorstep, every day for 40 years (Exodus 16:3-4).
But did they trust me? No, they complained…
- Their Complaint: “Have you brought us out here to die in the desert? … Why did you make us leave Egypt?” (Exodus 14:10-16) My Response: I parted the Red Sea so they could escape Pharaoh’s army and destroyed their enemies.
- Their Complaint: “Oh, that we were back in Egypt,” they moaned, “and that the Lord had killed us there! For there we had plenty to eat.” (Exodus 16:3-12) My Response: I made manna (tastes like honey wafers) appear every morning with the dew and sent quail (tastes like chicken) for meat every evening.
- Their Complaint: “And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?” (Exodus 15:22-27) My response: I made the bitter waters of Mara sweet so they could drink it.
- Their Complaint: “Did you bring us out here to kill us with thirst?” (Exodus 17:2-7) My Response: I made water miraculously come out of a rock.
- Their Complaint: “We wish we had died in Egypt,” they wailed, “or even here in the wilderness, rather than be taken into this country ahead of us. Jehovah will kill us there, and our wives and little ones will become slaves. Let’s get out of here and return to Egypt! The idea swept the camp. “Let’s elect a leader to take us back to Egypt!” they shouted. (Numbers 14:1-4) My Response: Okay, fine. Only Joshua and Caleb (the two who trusted Me and didn’t complain) will enter the Promised Land “…since the people of Israel are so afraid of the Amalekites and the Canaanites living in the valleys, tomorrow you must turn back into the wilderness… Not a single one of you twenty years old and older, who has complained against me, shall enter the Promised Land.” (Numbers 14:25-30)
- Their complaint: “Is it a small thing,” they mimicked, “that you brought us out of lovely Egypt to kill us here in this terrible wilderness, and that now you want to make yourself our king? What’s more, you haven’t brought us into the wonderful country you promised, nor given us fields and vineyards.” (Numbers 16:13-14) My response: I told Moses I would judge the lead complainers–Korah, Dathan and Abiram–who tried to start a rebellion against him. Anyone who doesn’t want to be affected, should move away from them. Those three men and their entire families were swallowed alive by a sink hole. (Numbers 16:19-24)
- Their complaint: “But the very next morning all the people began muttering again against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You have killed the Lord’s people.” (Numbers 16:41) My response: Now everyone will be judged for complaining. I sent a plague among the people—14,700 died in one day. But because Moses and Aaron prayed, I stopped the plague. (Numbers 16:41-50)
Are you tired of reading their complaints? Imagine how tired I was of hearing them—and those are just a few!
Do you trust Me or do you complain? Look back over your life. Haven’t I proven myself to you? Why do you still doubt? I love you and would never hurt you. Everything I bring into your life is for your good and to move you into a high place. Trust Me enough to follow Me. After all I am an AWESOME God and I have everything covered even to the minutest detail. I don’t want you to worry at all. And, I definitely don’t want you to complain.
1 Corinthians 10:10, Living Bible
“And don’t murmur against God and his dealings with you as some of them did, for that is why God sent his Angel to destroy them.” [Read entire scenario 1 Corinthians 10:1-11]
7 Things Jesus Wants You to Know about Complaining:
- Complaining means you have no faith in Me. (Hebrews 4:2-3)
- Stop complaining about the discipline of walking with Me. (Hebrews 12:10-11)
- Don’t complain about other people complaining. Be patient. (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)
- The most common complaint: Why is this taking so long? My response: “Because I’m doing it right. Be patient.” (Romans 5:3-5)
- Complaining is contagious. Korah stirred up an entire nation with a complaint. (Numbers 16:19-21)
- Complainers will be judged. (1 Corinthians 10:10)
- Complainers will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Jude 1: 14-16)
So to conclude our talk, I asked the Lord: “What’s the fastest way to get our prayers answered?” Jesus said, “Be thankful. Tap into the power of thankfulness. I’ll let you in on a little secret–when you thank Me, I want to do even more for you. It makes Me want to do things you didn’t even ask for.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, Living Bible
“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
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