Have you ever got an upgrade, bonus or a discount because you complained? It happens, and it happens quite a lot. Perhaps you deserved special treatment, but maybe others deserved it more.

Have you ever given in to your children because they complained? So you let them have the extra lolly, the extra game, the extra five minutes in front of the TV. Maybe later when you had tired, grumpy children you regretted it.

The world often rewards complainers. We might get our own way, we might get an extra helping, or we might receive something which has a limited supply all because we complained. We may have complained about the lack of service, the lack of attention, or the lack of consideration of our needs and we were rewarded. I wonder if it was worth the emotional energy it took?

God doesn’t work like the world. He doesn’t cave into our complaints. We can’t wear him down with our nagging or hope he’ll give in to our badgering. No matter how much emotional energy we may put into our ranting, it will not move God. When we complain about our circumstances, our appearance, or our situation in life we are saying to God that we deserve to be treated better. God is not impressed with our arrogance. The history of the Israelites shows that God was not impressed with their complaints. God rewards those who seek him in faith (Hebrews 11:6). We please God when we don’t complain but rather trust him with the outcome (see also Philippians 2:14-15).