Complaining is a spiritual issue of discontentment
Complaining arises from a discontent heart and has been a problem as old as man.
According to the writer, complaining is a spiritual issue of discontentment and a lack of thanksgiving for God's provision.
Compiled by Beliefnet, here are five reasons why complaining is more than just a physical thing.
An unthankful heart: Complaining is the fruit of a thankless heart. When circumstances obstruct divine perspective, there’s a tendency to question God and miss the "big picture" of His goodness.
Lack of faith: Words reflect the inner disposition of the heart. Complaining is a sign that we’ve placed more trust in adversity than the character of God. It’s doubt-filled, not faith-filled.
It's distorted prayer: Energy spent on complaints, is wasted because it’s time that could be spent petitioning The Lord through prayer. When we use the gift of accessing the throne of God to flood Heaven with complaints instead of praise and thanksgiving we hinder spiritual progress in Kingdom Living.
Words that work against you: Continually rehashing "lack" works against you. Not only does it displease God it un-invites His presence into the situation. It is much better to practice silence and prayer rather than engineering destructive words that could prolong God’s intervention.
Forget not His benefits: Complaining causes you to forget the overwhelming goodness of God. We focus on not having “meat” and forget to be thankful for the “manna.” We challenge God about the deserts in life, but forget to remember the parting of the seas.