The other day I was talking with my friend, and I asked how he was doing. He jokingly said, “Good! I mean, I guess there is always something to complain about though right?”
We both chuckled and went our separate ways, but I got thinking about what he said.
“There’s always something to complain about right?”
That seems to sum up the natural human condition doesn’t it?
No matter how much good is going on in our life, how many blessings we have stored up, or how much we have to be thankful for we will always find a rain cloud to bring over our head.
I believe the inner reason for that is that we are never satisfied and we desperately want for all parts of our life to have a big red bow on it like the Lexus commercials at Christmas. We want everything to be perfect or at least as personally favorable as possible.
That’s why we will complain about pretty much everything.
We will complain about our food, foot, football team, foundations, fatigue, fears, and our functions sometimes before we even leave the house! Why is that?
It’s because we think we know what’s right and since life isn’t listening to our master plan we grumble. In other words, if we can’t win we’ll whine.
Jesus had to deal with this whining and grumbling nearly every day of his ministry. A classic example of this in John 6 which must have made Jesus think “Can I ever win?”
Where we pick up, Jesus had literally just got done walking on water. He probably was stretching out his calves and doing a cool down when a crowd approaches Him. Interwoven in the masses was a group of Jews who, in questioning Jesus about his claims of being God, bring up that Moses was able to provide the people of the Exodus mana from heaven to keep them fed and could He do that?
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” – John 6:35-38
Well this must not have sat well with the Jews because they saw they couldn’t win so they began to whine.
“At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” – John 6:41-42
In their dismissal of Jesus they attack His divinity through his pedigree. Since what he said didn’t line up with what they believed they chose to dismiss Him because he came from “common” people so how can He be God?
“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” - John 6:43-44
Jesus tries to redirect their mumbles and grumbles back to the Truth in His promise but they don’t listen and leave arguing sharply amongst themselves. Turning to His peeps, his followers, his disciples, He gets an interesting and surprising response to what transpired.
“On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?” - John 6:60-61
Even his own disciples were whining about what He said! It’s like the players after the game talking about the coach to the press. Not everyone that says they want to be on the team has what it takes to be on the team and Jesus knew that and this grumbling was a sign of the inevitable.
“For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” – John 6:64b-66
Some of the followers of Jesus couldn’t handle the entire Christian package. It got too tough, too much was asked of them, and too much would have to be given up so they left.
His Twelve stayed with Him, but many of the others left to go back to join the crowd of whiners instead of staying with the group of Winners.
In our life we will always have the choice whether we want to follow God’s plan or whine when we don’t. However, our decision to choose whining is not God’s fault. If we don’t want to obey we miss out not God.
Don’t turn you back on God and whine about why you did it. Keep leaning into Him and although there may be a TON of stuff to complain about choose to focus on the goodness of God and all He’s done for you.
That always puts things in the right perspective for me and I guarantee it will change your outlook on your day.