“Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.” - Og Mandino
“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems.” - Zig Ziglar
It is hard to be around individuals who grumble and complain about everything. I am convinced that some people could have perfect circumstances and complain that things were too good.
The story goes a pessimist and an optimist were put to the test to see if their paradigm would change if given the right circumstances. The pessimist, always grumbling and complaining, was placed in a room with every delight his heart could want. His favorites foods, toys, electronics, and more. At first he seemed elated, but soon began to moan about something being too loud, or protest that something was not to his liking. Before long, he was throwing a pity party for himself for his ill-treatment.
The optimist was put into a disgusting and desperate situation to break his positive outlook. He was placed in a room full of dung and refuse. At first he held his nose, and they believed he would break and complain. Without warning a smile broke across his face, and he began digging through the dung frantically. Thinking the optimist had snapped and gone mad, they rushed in to intervene. They stopped him and asked, “what are you doing?”, to which the optimist replied, “don’t stop me now, there is a pony in here somewhere I know it!” Sometimes our situation in life has much more to do with our outlook than our circumstances.
Israel was really in a wonderful place. God had delivered them, and was providing for their every need. In spite of their favorable circumstances, Israel found ways to be pessimistic and complain. What was worse was their desire to tempt the Lord. To tempt the Lord is to provoke His wrath, to complain about His provision and challenge Him to execute judgment. It is like going up to the biggest kid at school, the bully, and saying, “hey, your momma’s so…” It is inviting judgment, provoking it. God of course is no bully, He was kind and benevolent. Their actions and attitude were pushing Him to have to execute judgment.
I wonder how many times God has been gracious and good and kind to us, and we respond with distaste and dissatisfaction. He gives us love, discipline, and direction and we respond with disgust. Too often as Christians we are not content with God has given us, choosing rather to Focus only on the negatives of our life. We lack thanksgiving and appreciation. Instead of having a Paul like spirit that sang at midnight even after being beaten and bound, we act like the pessimist in the room of goodies wondering why we don’t have one more thing to delight us.
Today, may God help you see the blessings in life, and respond with a genuine appreciation to the One who provided it… God.
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 16 - 18
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, why chide ye with me? Wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?”