When trials and challenges come into our lives, we believers in Christ are often found complaining as if we are surprised that unpleasant things could be happening to us. I’m not referring to things that have come about as a direct result of sinful behavior or purposeful disregard. I’m referring to things that are often beyond our control. An example would be miscarrying or losing a child. A cancer diagnosis etc. Things that we ourselves have not brought about for the most part and have little to no control over.
Our first line of defence should be to go to God and seek His help. We also should get our church body to pray. Sometimes God chooses to perform a miracle and bring about perfect supernatural healing. Most of us have known someone or of someone who has experienced this. Other times God allows us to go through the trial without supernatural healing or visual intervention. He is working no less on our behalf than if He had performed a physical miracle.
He knows our heart and knows the best way for us to grow. So than, should we have to walk through our trial or wait on our answer and not receive an instantaneous response with what attitude should we walk through it? .We can grumble and complain like others that don’t have the confidence of their Heavenly Father looking out for them, or we can do what the word of God tells us to do. Put our trust in the one who created us and give thanks! Nowhere in the word does it say to give thanks in the good times and gripe in the difficult times. We are given very specific instructions that we need to be reminded of frequently…
Colossians 3:15 NIV15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be THANKFUL.
Can God’s word be any plainer than this?.. Phillipians 4:6 NIV6 Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, WITH THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God.
Colossians 4:2 NIV 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and THANKFUL.
Psalm 106:1 NIV Praise the Lord. Give THANKS to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
1Chronicles 23:30 NIV 30 They were also to stand every morning to THANK AND PRAISE the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening.
Psalm 35:18 NIV 18 I will give you THANKS in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.
And why should we always have an attitude of thankfulness and not grumble? Because as Psalm 9;9,10 says, NIV 9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 Those who know your name TRUST IN YOU, for you, Lord, HAVE NEVER FORSAKEN THOSE WHO SEEK YOU.
Grumbling and complaining never accomplishes anything helpful, in fact it may hinder our answer from God. It certainly hindered the Israelites when they were walking in the desert! (Exodus 16) Before you open your mouth to complain, remember we have a Savior that was willing to lay down His life for us and provide a way for our salvation. We have MUCH to be thankful for! Not only did He die for us but He walks with us daily. If you are walking in God’s will and He has permitted challenges in your life you can be sure He will see you through them. In EVERYTHING give thanks!