Some sermons are worth repeating and this is one God laid on my heart to do just that. We tend to become as the things to which we give our attention or place our focus. Positive people are positive because they are positive. Negative people are negative because they are negative – get it! Winners are winners because they win. Losers are lovers because they lose. Complainers are complainers because they complain. It matters not what life brings them. Their response is always the same – complain.
God spent an entire Pentateuch on complainers – the children of Israel. They complained in Egypt, and when God took them out they complained out of Egypt. Why? Because it was their very nature to complain.
Now, I do not believe that anybody reading this is like the children of Israel. Or is there? There is a reason that some people complain and others do not. That reason can in most cases be wrapped in three words: TRUST IN GOD.
Judges 21:22, “And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty.”
Job 7:11, “Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”
Job 31:38, “If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain.”
Lamentations 3:39, “Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins.”