“Give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Have you recently found yourself complaining about everything? You’re not the first. Whenever we’re faced with a difficult task, we’re naturally inclined to complain.
When chores become difficult, complain. When school assignments feel like it’s the end of the world, complain. Woke up late, complain. Get hungry, complain. It’s Monday, complain. Get a headache, complain. It’s cold, complain. I can keep writing a list so long that I start complaining about my fingers getting tired. After all, complaining feels so natural.
Complaining can be loud and obvious, but it can also be quiet and subtle. It can be portrayed by a murmur of discontentment to our closest friends or a debate within our own hearts. Whatever the mode is, the real reason we complain is because we don’t get what we think we deserve.
We think we deserve comfort and status, not suffering and persecution. We want everything easy and doable, not hard and intimidating. We complain because we desire other things instead of God himself.
The way to resist complaining is by being thankful. We should fight complaining with thanksgiving.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Apostle Paul puts it this way: “Give thanks in all circumstances.” This is an emphatic statement. Paul is not just saying be thankful when things are all well. He is rather saying that we should be thankful, always.
Was your day at work hard? Thank God for the opportunity he’s given you to labour that you may have something to give to those in need. Are the school assignments and tests tedious? Thank God for giving you a brain that is able to think and solve problems.
We need to learn to be thankful in spite of the unpleasantness of things around us.
- Read and meditate on the life of Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:23-33.
This devotion was adapted from Why You Need to Stop Complaining Right Now by Lesetja Lekoloane