- to express resentment, displeasure, etc, esp habitually; grumble
- (foll by of) to state the presence of pain, illness, etc, esp in the hope of sympathy:
I always desire to grow spiritually as a child of God, live a pure life, and be the light of the world. Recently, I was reminded of an old but powerful command of the Lord; if I can put it to practice, oh my goodness, it will definitely change me and influence my surroundings! The command is found in Philippians 2:14-15 “Do all things without complaining and disputing that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” It’s hard to conceive that the absence of complaints, murmur, or dispute can actually make one blameless and help shine in the world! But the Lord says it, so it settles it.
I don’t know about you, but I love to complain about anything and everything. This is how I let my emotions out instead of bottling them. In the desert, the Israelites had all the right reasons to be frustrated at their conditions: “Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: ‘Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!’ ” Numb11:4-6. Even though it felt just to ‘let it out’, their behavior was not appropriate. Complaining displeases the Lord according to Numbers 11:1. When we complain or dispute, we show, in a way, that we’re unhappy about the course of things, God’s not doing a good job, and something needs to change. Complaining opens the door to ungratefulness, bitterness, anger, discouragement, mood swings, or unbelief/doubt especially when waiting upon God’s promises to be fulfilled. We all know how annoying it is to listen to someone who habitually complains about anything and everything. Well, it also displeases our Father.
If I want to grow spiritually, I know this is an area I must improve on. Additionally, it will impact my surroundings. Can you imagine what a difference it will make if people request for our help instead of grumbling or arguing, we just keep quiet and do the work? Instead of complaining about our conditions, we stay still before the Lord? I can definitely see my surroundings being pleasantly surprised and changed by this new attitude!
One thing I have resolved to do in order to drive out complaints is to sing. Yes, sing. Whenever I feel the need to manifest my dissatisfaction about something I sing praises to the Lord, and it’s been helping me greatly. Also, I discipline myself to thank the Lord at all times; a heart of thanks or praise keeps the Holy Spirit at work, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:18-19). I know that if I continue to take this matter to the Lord in prayer, He will quiet my heart. All I need to do is be obedient now.