Randall McRoberts

Grumbling

My pastor is preaching his way through Philippians and a couple weeks ago he touched on the concept of grumbling. He said that generally Christians should not be grumblers. I think that is true.

But as I thought more about grumbling I started thinking that it might be ok for me to grumble about some things to my spouse. I don’t mean grumble about her, but to her. Sometimes, it seems like, venting is a perfectly normal and acceptable activity, if done in a safe place. Am I wrong about that?

Furthermore, I started thinking that some forms of prayer are truly grumbling to God. Maybe I don’t couch it as grumbling, but asking for something could be seen as a complaint, couldn’t it?

The Bible is full of grumble-prayers:

  • O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?
  • O LORD, the God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth! Arise, O Judge of the earth. Give the proud what they deserve. How long, O LORD? How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?
  • I cry out to the LORD; I plead for the LORD’s mercy. I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me.

And even

  • “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

All in all, I am of the opinion that it is OK to grumble to my wife and to God. They both seem to be able to handle it well.

Randall McRoberts
rmcrob@rmcrob.com

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