THE EFFECTS OF COMPLAINING
Date: June 17
Category: Divine Healing
Psalm 55:2, 5
"Attend to me and answer me; I am restless and distraught in my complaint and must moan… Fear and trembling have come upon me; horror and fright have overwhelmed me."
This is a so-called "psalm of complaint." There are many things mentioned in this psalm that are worthy of noting. But in this teaching, I want to focus on what happens when we complain. Complaining doesn't lead to anything positive and we will learn that as we dissect this passage. In verse 2b we read, "I am restless and distraught in my complaint and must moan." In other words, when we complain, we become restless.
This verse in the German translation, Hoffnung fuer Alle, (which means, ‘hope for all') says, "My worries do not give me peace." So our worries will not bring us peace. Actually, worry will only steal from your peace. When you focus on the worries and troubles of your life, you won't have any peace in your heart. There is no peace in complaint.
Jesus said in John 14:27a, "Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid…" So God is the One who gives us peace. Worry and anxiety will not give us peace about anything. Only God can bring us peace.
In another passage in Isaiah 26:3a we read, "You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You..." An important thing to remember if we want to receive the peace of God is to stay focused on Him. So God gives perfect peace to those whose minds are kept on Him, meaning those who continually look to the Lord.
But what does it mean to have the peace of God even in the midst of turmoil? Well let's think back to the story of Peter who walked on water. As long as he looked at Jesus, he was able to walk on water. But the moment he took his eyes off Jesus and looked down at the water, he began to sink. When Peter shifted his eyes from Jesus and looked at the waves, fear entered his heart and because of that fear, he could no longer walk on water.
But another thing to notice is that as soon as Peter cried out to Jesus, Jesus came and rescued him. So the Lord is always here to rescue us when we cry out to Him. But we have to cry out in faith. The important thing to remember is to never put your focus on your situation instead of God. Always put your focus on the Lord and He will see you through your turmoil.
Another important aspect to think about is in verse 5 of Psalm 55. It says there, "Fear and trembling have come upon me; horror and fright have overwhelmed me." When you focus on your situation instead of trusting God, not only does that take peace from your heart but you also start to develop fear and trembling. The consequence of fear is to become overwhelmed. That fear incapacitates you, meaning it takes energy away from you. You become disabled from doing what you need to do to overcome your obstacle. Fear steals away your strength.
That's why Jesus says in John 14:1, "Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me." In other words, Jesus tells us not to let fear rule our lives. Instead we are to trust in Him just as we trust in the Father.
So we should not make choices in our lives based on fear. We should base our decisions on faith in God. When you are in fear, you are actually connected to Satan. With fear in your heart, you actually begin doing what Satan wants you to do and thinking what Satan wants you to think. So don't give any place to the enemy and don't give any place for fear to dwell in your heart.
Today I can encourage you that in the midst of all your troubles focus on God! Don't complain and moan. Instead, shift your eyes away from your situation and towards Jesus. Cry out to Him in faith. Do not act in fear because God is always there to hear your cry and answer. If you stay focused on Him and not your situation, God will make you more than victorious!