Paul tells the Philippian church that they are to do all things without grumbling or complaining so that they might be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked generation. In other words, a complaining attitude is a poor witness. It is a contradiction of faith, a breech in our testimony. As those who hold to the truth that God is the sovereign sustainer of our lives, when we complain about stuff, we appear to be hypocrites. We become functional atheists who say one thing, but do another. Ouch…
Complaining is easy for us to do, even the natural thing to do. However, as the followers of Jesus, we have been called to live a supernatural life by faith. A complaining attitude reveals four things. First, it forgets God’s grace and the provision He makes for my life. My complaining attitude shows that I have really forgotten that God is arranging the circumstances of my life for His glory and my good. Second, it questions God’s goodness. It is an indication that I believe I could do a better job ruling the universe than God. It shows a lack of faith and confidence in Him on my part. Third, it ignores God’s presence. When I complain, I am not basking in the presence of the One who said that He would never leave me or forsake me. Fourth, it fails to rest in God’s promises. It reveals that I am not acting in step with what the Word of God says.
When you see a complaining attitude in this light, you see how serious a sin it really is! Praise and thanksgiving is to be my attitude instead.
For more, read Philippians 2:5-17