20 Nov 2016

Is It Wrong to Complain to God?

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This work, “Numbers 11”, is a derivative of “Mount Moses” by Mohammed Moussa, used under CC BY-SA 3.0. “Numbers 11” is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by ICM Chelsea.

On their three day journey from Mt Sinai to the Desert of Paran the Israelites go back to their old habit of complaining to each other. They had complained before in Exodus 15:22–17:7 but God did not respond as sternly as He did here. A year had past since then so Israel should have known better and trusted God. Instead of being content and grateful for the divine provision of manna, the people complained to each other rather than bringing their concern to God.

Notice how Moses brought his heartbreaking complaint to God immediately (Numbers 11:11-15). God responded with a solution that would bless Moses (vv. 16-17) but would curse the Israelites (vv. 18-20) who had failed to come to Him directly.

Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve and a fisherman, encourages you to “[cast] all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]” (1 Peter 5:7 AMP). Like a fisherman throwing their nets you are to hurl your complaints to God. Don’t worry, God can handle anything you throw at Him and He loves it when you trust Him and tell Him directly.

So, is it wrong to complain to God? No. David, a man God described as “a man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14) brought his complaints to God. A great example is Psalm 142. This was written when David was on the run from King Saul who wanted to kill him. He expressed to God his pain (vv. 1-4) but he had a sense of hope (vv. 5, 7) and he asked God to make a way (vv. 6-7). He knew his situation but He knew a God bigger than his situation.

Learn from Moses, Peter and David to direct and cast your complaints, your cares, towards God.

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