As I navigate the toddler years with a daughter who is testing me with her whining tendencies, I can’t help but look at my own whining habits. Last week’s post introduced my discovery that I can whine. I am now understanding that identifying the consequences of whining is key to stopping it! You can read about that HERE.
This week I want to discuss the next step in stopping the whine.
Practice Will Not Make Perfect
As I am seeing with my toddler, teaching her to not whine is taking time and practice. She didn’t change her ways over night. In fact, we are still working on this habitual sin she is demonstrating.
Did you know the Israelites complained on 14 different occasions in the wilderness? They saw the power of God through Moses, the plagues of Egypt, and the parting of the Red Sea. God saves them from slavery, brings them out into the wilderness, begins leading them to the promised land, and the whining begins. They see God’s presence and whine. He still provides for them, but they whine some more. He punishes them, and they whine again.
I just want to go back in time, shake every Israelite and say, “What is wrong with you? Don’t you see how good and gracious God is? Stop whining!”
But then I realize these are the words I should be saying to myself when I whine! Friends, I KNOW God is good. I KNOW God is gracious. I KNOW He loves and provides for me. I have seen His goodness with my own eyes. Yet, still, I can find something to whine about. The truth of the matter is, I am a sinner, and God knows this. That’s why He forgives me, reprimands me, and has me try again. His patience astounds me.
Practicing to stop whining is important. We should make a more conscious effort to stop our grumbling. However, we will never be perfect. In the words of Paul, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).
I can really relate to Paul. I do not want to sin ( whining is a sin), but I find myself sinning anyway! Just know this, though we will never be perfect, we can be better and keep trying! Perfection is not what God asks of us, instead it is what He gave us through Jesus. Sin does not enslave us because Jesus set us free! (Galatians 5:1)
Know the Difference between Whining & Pouring Out Your Heart
Does to stop whining mean you are not allowed to cry, feel anger, or be sad? Are we to never go to the Lord with our worries, anxieties, or weariness of others? Of course not! Psalm 62:8 tells us to pour out our hearts to the Lord.
Next week, I want to discuss this last point more in depth. What is the difference between whining and pouring out our heart? It is vital we know the difference!