For years I grumbled and complained about most everything, especially people at work and circumstances. It did not make me happier, in fact it made me less happy. I didn’t get anything off my mind; I just dirtied it up more. Also, my family had to hear me and darkness instead of light. It is a bad habit.
Finally, my wife confronted me indicating that it had to go or she would. Grumbling, complaining and murmuring are a sinful habit, one that God abhors and has and will punish because it reflects on His creation badly. So I reminded myself recently about God’s thoughts on it.
In the Old Testament we are reminded in the book of Numbers of the Israelites leaving their exile in Egypt and time in the “desert” where they complained and grumbled to Moses about the circumstances. They complained about food and water and dust and everything. God is slow to anger and full of love, but he lost it with them. In fact in Numbers 14 we read that God caused ALL Israelites 20 years and older to die in the desert. He started over again, similarly to Noah’s time in the ark.
Paul reminds us in the New Testament, “And do not grumble as some of them did.” (1 Corinthians 10:10). James 5:9 say, “Don’t grumble against each other.” You will be judged. The Apostle John said, “Stop grumbling among yourselves.” (John 6:43). “God wants us to offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (1 Peter 4:9). In Philippians 2:14 he challenges us to do everything without complaining or arguing. Yes, this is God’s standard and desire for us in or to walk in his way and will and to be pleasing to him and one another.
So challenge yourself to look for the good or light in each situation.