Is it alright to complain to God?
When Israel complained in their desert journey to the Promised Land, God brought his wrath in many forms.
Paul Miller, in his book Praying Life, argues that when Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary,” he was telling us to come with all our sourness and all our complaints. After all, how else do we express ourselves as people when we’re weary!
The verdict is out for me one which way to go, but I gave Paul Miller’s angle a shot last night and vomited every concern and complaint I could think of into God’s lap. It felt pretty wrong. In the moment it felt like a conversation you never bring up with your maker. When you give yourself the freedom to complain, you find you’re much more of sour person than you thought.
At least two good things came out of the experience though – thanks and trust. In the midst of my rant, I couldn’t help but carry a side tally of all the good things I have to be thankful for which far outweigh the bad. Although I’m not sure what to expect in the moments at hand, my faith gave me a powerful assurance that God is still at work in this world with an ultimate redemptive good.
My complaints to God turned back to praise when handed over to him. I came with all my unholiness, and he turned me back to holy.
I could still go either way on the issue, but I think there may be something to being brutally honest in our conversations with God.