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Can I complain to God?

7 “Though I cry, ‘I’ve been wronged!’ I get no response;
though I call for help, there is no justice.
8 He has blocked my way so I cannot pass;
he has shrouded my paths in darkness.
9 He has stripped me of my honor
and removed the crown from my head.
10 He tears me down on every side till I am gone;
he uproots my hope like a tree.
11 His anger burns against me;
he counts me among his enemies. Job 19:7-11

There are different types of complaining.

Griping about your problems is different from venting your frustration. Someone who curses has a different motivation than one grieving.

If a person's complaining to God is selfishly motivated, then it’s a problem.
  • Why does this always happen to me?
  • I don’t deserve this kind of pain!
  • You don’t love me, God!
Venting your frustration can be a healthy release of emotions.
  • My life is so hard!
  • I’m in pain!
  • I don’t know what to do!
David in Psalms released his frustration that way. He cried out to God.  He sought answers.  We don’t have to just take hardships and ask for more.  We can vent our emotions to our loving Father.

Face it, we don’t like pain. We don’t want suffering. We look forward to a time when it will end. That’s natural.  God knows that.

But to doubt and blame God in the midst of pain and question his love for you reveals a lack of faith. If that’s the case, it’s better to keep your mouth shut.

Even Job learned that lesson the hard way.

Then Job replied to the LORD:
“I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6

Job realized he should use all of his energy to ask questions of God instead of questioning God. Instead of complaining we should spend our time comprehending, asking God what we need to do.