“ And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.“— Num 11:1
Having recently confessed to being guilty of complaining more than should, I could not help but be convicted by this and sensing a need to share it with others. May God help us all to conquer the bad habit of complaining.
J. R. Miller wrote:There are people who can speak of little else, but the unpleasant things in their own experience. If you ask them about their health, or even unfortunately put your salutation in the form of “How do you do?” you get as an answer, a description of many ills and infirmities to which they are subject, instead of any cheerful reciprocating of your greeting. All their ordinary conversation is filled with dolorous ( causing or expressing grief)rehearsals of discouraging things. They have keen eyes for the unpleasant happenings, and never fail to mention them to others.
We all have troubles, things in our daily personal life, that are vexing and annoying; sometimes things that are painful and burdensome. But we should not talk about them. We have no right to scatter our briers and thorns about us–so that others’ feet may be torn by them. It does us no good, and it does others immeasurable harm!
Silence about ourselves, should be a rule almost without exception. Especially should the rule never to complain, be an absolute one. No matter how poorly we have rested through the night, we need not tell the whole family about it at breakfast. Patient bearing of the portion of life’s ills which comes to us–is the characteristic of ideal Christian living.
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346