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In 1991, Robert Hughes, an art critic, wrote a book called The Culture of Complaint. His thesis is that we live in a culture in which we perceive ourselves as being entitled to having all our wants and desires fulfilled. When that doesn't happen, we become "victims," we whine and complain and grumble. If we see it as somebody else's "issue" that's caused our inconvenience, then we sue that person or institution.

Are you disappointed in life? You need to hear this message. It is easy to be content when things are going well -- but like the Israelites when life turns bitter we become disappointed. God wants to teach us to be content ... not just when things go our way -- but also when they don't.

John Piper in A Sweet and Bitter Providence said, "... the point of biblical stories like Joseph and Job and Esther and Ruth is to help us feel in our bones (not just know in our heads) that God is for us in all these strange turns. God is not just showing up after the trouble and cleaning it up. He is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ.

(From a sermon by Andy Payne, Who do you turn to when life turns bitter? 6/27/2010)

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