How Complaining Can Delay Your Breakthrough

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How Complaining Can Delay Your Breakthrough

By: Theresa Simba

It’s so easy to complain about the things that aren’t going the way we planned or the way we thought they’d go. Think about it, we complain about every single thing in our lives. Even something as simple as the weather; when it’s winter we complain about the cold and when it’s summer we complain about the heat. We definitely aren’t easy to please. This nature of complaining, murmuring and grumbling has been around for a long time now. The Israelites for example went through the same cycle.

They complained about their state of slavery in Egypt, God heard their cries and brought them out. Then the Israelites complained before they crossed the red sea because the Egyptians were chasing them. And even after God had parted the seas and delivered them from the Egyptians, they still complained about every other thing. God sent them manna from heaven and they complained about that as well. I could go on and on about their complaints, these are just a few examples.

Unfortunately, we are not much different from the Israelites. We ask God for a job then we complain when we have to wake up early for it. We ask Him for tuition fees then complain about studying. We ask Him to use us but we complain about serving. We basically complain about our answered prayers.

God responded to the Israelites in Numbers 14:27-28 and said “How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me. Now tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say.”

We all know what eventually happened to the Israelites. None of them (except Joshua and Caleb) possessed the Promised Land. Actually, the journey to the Promised Land was supposed to take 40 days but it took them 40 years because of their complaints. Could it be that the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for has been delayed because of your complaints?

Here are a few things I have learned that keep me from complaining.

Maintain an attitude of gratitude:

The Psalms say to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. It is important to be grateful for what God has done for you. Thank Him that you have a job instead of complaining about your boss that doesn’t like you. Put things in perspective; don’t complain about your answered prayer, instead be grateful for it.

Remember the things that God has done for you:

The Israelites were quick to forget how God had previously delivered them from the many predicaments that they had faced. Remember the power and might of the God you serve, recall His faithfulness over your life and it will be easier for you to be grateful while you wait for your breakthrough.

Don’t compare yourself to anyone:

Most of us are usually complaining because we are not grateful for the current season that we are in. We live in a constant state of wanting to move to the next level of our life. We see others doing the things we want to do or being in a season that we want to be in and we start comparing ourselves to theirs. In return we become unappreciative of our portion, we complain and we fail to see everything that God is doing in our lives.