Stop Your Whining
By Steve Williams
There was a man who went into the priesthood. As he went in he was told that he could only speak 2 words every 5 years. So after the 1st 5years, his two words were “BAD FOOD”. So he continued another 5 years and he was allowed to speak another 2 words, he said “HARD BED”. Then he continued for another five years and again he was allowed to speak 2 more words, This time he said: “I QUIT”. The priest said you might as well, all you’ve done is whine since you’ve been here. I doubt very seriously that any of us could go 5 days without whining little alone 5 years. Amen
Complaining just seems to come naturally. Think about it. If you are a parent did you have to teach your children how to complain to you? Did you have to teach your child to say “That’s Not Fair”? “I Don’t Like That” “You Gave Him A Bigger Piece Than Me” “I Don’t Want To Go To Bed, I’m Not Sleepy”. Did you have to teach them to complain? No, you didn’t. It comes naturally.
As you look in the Bible you will see that complaining came naturally to them also. If you look in the book of Exodus and read about the children of Israel they were always complaining about something. As they left Egypt to start the journey to the promised land it wasn’t long till it started. In Chapter 16 of Exodus, they started whining about food. They were hungry and wanted food. And I know being hungry is a real need and problem. But we see that God told Moses that He would rain down bread from heaven and they could gather the Manna and they would have food to eat. God met their need but it wasn’t long till they were whining because they wanted meat, and again God gave them quail to eat.
Next, we see Pharaoh come after them to bring them back to Egypt. They become scared. They were looking for a place to run to. But they were camped right up against the Red Sea and there was no place to go to get away from Pharaoh. They whined again, they cried out to Moses and said: “Because there are no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness.” Oh, how they whined. But the Bible tells us that Moses told the people to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Moses raised his rod and God divided the water and they opened up and the children of Israel walked across on dry ground. Then we see that the Egyptian’s follow after them, the waters that were being held back let go and drowned all of them. Again God had met their need.
See, whining says a lot about the whiner. A person who whines is a person who is not filled with the spirit of God because they are walking in the flesh. And a person who whines is a self-centered person who is out of the will of God. Whining is wanting your will to be done not God’s. Whining is wanting your way to be done instead of God’s way being done. Please understand something. There has never been a problem solved by whining. And when you get to heaven they are not going to be giving out awards for whining. And most whiners are not going to quit whining because they think they have a valued complaint to whine about. These people did not have any reason to complain. God had delivered them out of Egypt, He had fed them manna and quail, protected them from the Egyptians, gave them water when they were thirsty, and watched over them in the day by a cloud and by night a cloud of fire. And the same goes for you if you are a child of God’s. He has delivered us from ourselves, He has covered us with His blood, and saved us from our sins. God did not need their whining but He needs their Worship and Praise and I believe that goes for us also. None of us have a right to whine. Whining was not the attitude of our Lord Jesus Christ while He was here on this earth, and it should not be the attitude of God’s people. Whining is contagious, and I don’t want any of you to be contaminated or contaminate someone else. What we need to see and understand is this. That this whole generation died in the wilderness because of their whining & disobedience. It is time to stop Whining and thank God for all that He has blessed us with. Amen
Words Of Wisdom
- You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whining and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. N/A
- People won’t have time for you if you are always whining. N/A
- The best thing is to accept the circumstances, not take them personally, deal with them, stop whining, and give everything your best. N/A
- Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day, but it also ruins the complainer’s day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get. N/A
- Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems. N/A