Complaining to God

Daily Bible Reading – Habakkuk 1-3; John 8

Today’s Key Passage – Habakkuk 1:2-2:1


Most of you have probably heard of or seen the grenade complaint department paperweight.  It is a relatively old joke involving a grenade at a complaint department asking the complainer to take a number, which happens to be the pin of the grenade.  I am not sure where this joke originated, but I am sure it was pretty funny at the time.  It might sound strange, but I thought about this joke today as I read our key passage.  See, before I really knew God I looked at Him a lot like the grenade complaint department.  As I saw it, the last thing God needed or wanted was to hear me complaining to Him about things in my life.  After all, He is the God of the universe and I am just a sinful man, who at the time was not even following Him.  After I was saved and I started to get to know God, I realized that my thinking was severely flawed.

The book of Habakkuk teaches us a lesson about complaining to God.  Habakkuk had a complaint.  He could not understand why the evil people in the world seemed to prosper, so he brought his confusion to the only Source who can provide comfort. (Vss. 1:2-4)  Once God provided an answer, Habakkuk had a second complaint about how God could use the Babylonians (a people even more evil than his own) to punish the people of Judah. (Vss. 1:12-17)  After voicing his complaints to God, Habakkuk could have rebelled against God or lost his faith, but instead he simply waited expectantly and watched for God to answer. (Vs. 2:1)

There are times when all of us are confused by the world around us or we do not understand why things are happening the way they are.  In these times, we have two choices.  We can choose to complain to other people (which does not do anyone any good), or we can take our complaints to God.  Please understand that there is a right way and wrong way to complain to God, and I am not suggesting that we shout at, curse, blame, or stop trusting God in our complaints.  When we go to God respectfully, though, and cry out to Him for answers, He will hear our prayer.  Like Habakkuk, once we have voiced our complaints the best thing we can do is wait patiently for God and watch for His answer, knowing that even if we do not understand it, God is ultimately in control and has a plan in mind.  When we take our complaints to Him in an honest and heartfelt way and expectantly wait for Him to show us His truth, we will surely not be disappointed.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on August 6, 2015, in 35 - Habakkuk and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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