Who to Complain to

I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

Psalm 142:1-2

As humans, we have an inborn tendency to want to complain when things aren’t going exactly as we would like them to go.  The question is: who are we complaining to?

I heard a great quote from Wil Rice once about the definition of complaining.  He said that complaining is “speaking about something in a derogatory manner when the person to whom you speak can do nothing about it”.  That is a good, practical definition and would probably encompass most of our “complaints”.  If I were to complain to you about hot or cold it is, would that really help anything?  I can’t change the weather and you can’t either.  The only thing that complaint would do is give both of us a sour, negative attitude about the temperature.  We all have problems about which we could complain. 

The Psalmist was no different.  He had complaints- in fact, the heading on this Psalm tells us that he was in a cave.  And I don’t think he was just out exploring the cave.  He had legitimate problems.  But he directed his complaints to the Lord.  The Lord, unlike us, is in a position to do something about anything that we may face.  When we tell Him about our problems, we are telling someone with the infinite power needed to fix any problem.  When we have a complaint or a problem, we need to take it to Him instead of taking to someone who can’t do anything about it.  As the Bible says in I Peter 5:7 “casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you”.  We don’t have to face our troubles alone- we are told to give them to Him.  No matter what the problem, tell it to Jesus- he can help and has promised to help.

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