Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed? Why should a living man complain, A MAN for the punishment of his sins? Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord; let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven. (Lamentations 3:38-41)

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; that is the affirmation of Scripture (Romans 6:23). That fact alone eliminates the possibility of righteous complaining.

Men (and women) complain when they think they do not deserve the circumstances they are in or the “hand they’ve been dealt.” But the truth of the matter is that no one who has sinned deserves any circumstances or any hand! It is by the mercy of God that men have not been killed on the spot because of their sin. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 3:23) says God. 

Men should not complain about what they face. We just shouldn’t…especially if it is the result of sin!  (And who among us can claim innocence?). Instead, we should trust God and His righteousness in doing good to those that love Him. We should give thanks that the Lord is bringing discipline (hardship) to purge us and refine us until He is pleased with the product. 

All those who desire to live righteously will suffer persecution. And all those making their way to glory will have to travel a road of affliction. For it is through much suffering that we must inherit the kingdom of heaven. 

Endure the suffering! Give thanks for what God has called you into. Make your pleas to the Father. But don’t complain. “Whay would a living man complain for being punished for HIS sins?” 

After all, Jesus was the only man who was without sin and He never complained and being crucified. He made His plea to the Father but concluded “Nevertheless, Thy will be done.” Let us say the same. 

– brother Pat Woods