Why Do People Complain?

Something to think about in the events surrounding the birth of Jesus:
• Did Joseph complain about Mary packing too many things for the journey?
• Did Mary complain about Joseph not making reservations in the Inn?
• Did either Mary or Joseph complain about having to pay taxes? Or who they had to pay taxes to?
• Did the shepherds argue about who saw the angels first? Or who was the first one to see Jesus?
• Did the inn keeper complain about having too many people needing rooms?
• Did the Magi complain about how far they had to travel or that their GPS system seemed to get hung up on Bethlehem and they had to stop and ask for directions?
• Did Joseph complain about the king trying to kill Jesus? Or did he complain about having to take Baby Jesus to Egypt?

The people were so glad to see Jesus come that they only thought about Him, not their own situation.
On the other hand, the only person who had a negative response to the birth of Jesus was King Herod. He was upset because the Magi had tricked him and by going back a different direction and did not tell the king the location of Jesus.

Why was it important to King Herod to know where Jesus was? King Herod did not want the competition; he did not want Jesus to rule the country.

Later in the New Testament it tells of the Pharisees complained to the disciples about Jesus. They did not want Jesus interfering with their practices and methods of generating money.

The only people in the Bible who complained about Jesus were the people who did not want Jesus in their life. They were content to run their own lives without Jesus.

Is that true today? Yes, the people who do not want Jesus ruling their lives, still complain about Jesus.
“So, what is the point?” you ask. If we are following Jesus, why are we complaining about our situation? Are we thinking about ourselves, or are we thinking about Jesus?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3(NIV)

All scripture used in this blog were downloaded from biblegateway.com

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