June 1, 2014

Why should a living man complain, A man for the punishment of his sins?

— Lamentations 3:39 

We cannot communicate with the animal kingdom as we do with one another, but I wonder if animals complain like humans do.  I kind of doubt it.  Human beings are often a bunch of complainers.  There are exceptions, of course, but whether one is vocal in his complaints or grumbles regarding his lot quietly within himself, humans are often found complaining about something.

Our sometimes chronic complaining issues from the incorrect notion that we deserve better than what we are currently getting out of life.  There are instances, to be sure, when we suffer injustices—some more than others; but overall, let us be thankful that we do not receive the justice we deserve from the Judge of all the earth.

In God’s court, “The wages [consequences, or just recompense] for sin is death.” (Romans 3:23)  That applies to any sin, great or small, socially acceptable or not. And the death alluded to is not merely physical death, but spiritual death in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14).  And it is not fleeting, but eternal.

In light of that might, we who are forgiven have less complaints about the temporal injustices we endure in this life, and nothing to complain about in the eternal scope of things.