Do all things without murmurings and disputings(complaining): That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:14-15)
God has stated in His word that we should do all things without murmuring or complaining. He has also showed us through the children of Israel, that there are consequences for our continuance to do this (read Numbers 14:27-30).
When we complain, we are complaining against God. For it is He who has ordered or allowed any hardships to come into our life. It is through our trials that our character is built to Christ-like qualities. We go from faith to faith, glory to glory. Without trials, how could we grow in the Lord? How can we pick up our cross and follow Him, if we have no cross? How can we follow Him if we can't relate to Him?
It is through our trials that we learn to trust and depend on God to lead and guide as through these difficult situations. It is then that we have to stand on His word and wait for Him to perform His word. It is also during this time that we learn that the battle belongs to God; that we are fighting a spiritual war and not a carnal war.
Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 10:9-11, "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Let's take this time to reflect on how we will respond to our trials the next time they come about. Ask yourself, "When things go wrong in my life, do I react or reflect?" Let's learn to treasure and weigh the growth that has come about or will come about, instead of whining and complaining about them. After all, murmuring and complaining only prolongs the duration of the trial.
REMEMBER: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13).