Summary: Thanksgiving or complaining -- these words express two contrasting attitudes found in God’s children in regard to His dealings with them.
THE SIN OF COMPLAINING - THE OPPOSITE OF THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving or complaining -- these words express two contrasting attitudes found in God’s children in regard to His dealings with them.
The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.
On the highway leading into Yankton, South Dakota reads: “Yankton, S.D. The Home of 30,000 friendly people and a few sore-heads.” The truth is all of us at times become sore-heads. Now, we may know it by different terms -- such as griping, grumbling, whining, or belly-aching. In the King James the common term used was “murmuring.” Regardless of the word we use to describe it, complaining always has the has the same symptoms. The dictionary defines it as “an expression of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, or discontent.” Complaining is the outward expression of discontent from within.
A certain man, well-known for his constant complaining, inherited a large sum of money. When he got it, he complained about how it was not much as he thought it should be. He bought a farm and asked his wife what she thought he should name it. She quickly answered, "Why don’t you call it ‘Belly Acres’?" Now, this message probably won’t apply to most of you this morning. I’m sure that none of you have a problem with complaining, but you probably know some one who needs to hear this.
Complaining seems to have become the great American past time. We live in a very complaining society. People grip about everything.
Complaining does seem to be a popular pastime. People reach the peak of satisfaction when they are complaining. Couples get together for an evening of fellowship and, the first thing you know, someone is complaining about someone or something. Employees complain about the company for which they work. Students complain about teachers and workloads. Complaining seems to be normal procedure these days.
Complaining is so common these days that it could be called a way of life for many people. Just about everybody complains. And why not? There’s so much to complain about: teachers, traffic, taxes, and troubles of all kinds!
But the commonness of complaining does not make it right. The Word of God comes down pretty hard on the sin of complaining.
Preschoolers complain, "I don’t want to take nap." Children complain, "My teacher gives me to much homework." Teenagers complain, "You never let me do anything." Moms complain, "How many times to I have to tell you to make your bed?” Dads complain, "I work hard all week and then when I come home you get on my case about painting."
Somebody has said on the seventh day God rested and on the 8th day God started answering complaints.
Few sins are as ugly to God as the sin of complaining.
There seems to be very little thankfulness or gratitude today among God’s people but a whole lot of complaining.
Complaining is part of our culture, but it sure isn’t anything new. Who was the first complainer? Adam-- "the woman who thou gavest to be with me."