A Believer’s Complaint

If you spend much time reading the psalms, you will realize something.  God is not above being complained to.  He is our Father, and as a father, he is willing to listen to our needs, pleas, and misunderstandings.  I would not advise shaking a puny fist at God when things go terribly bad.  God is however able to handle our complaints to Him and our pleas and cries for help.

Exodus 6:12-13, 30

Moses spoke before Yahweh, saying, “Behold, the children of Israel haven’t listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, who am of uncircumcised lips?”   Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and gave them a command to the children of Israel, and to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

Moses said before Yahweh, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh listen to me?”

I believe this was a good question from Moses.  I believe he was basically saying, ” I believe you Lord, however, I see no authority or anointing in my speaking.  Even my own people do not listen to me.  I need You to give me Your power, I need You to put power into my words and speaking.  I cannot convince others of anything, I am not a persuasive or eloquent speaker.

Moses, I believe, was not showing weakness of faith so much as he was pointing out the obvious.  He was asking the Lord, for more of Himself(God) to be with himself. (Moses)  This was the cry of a man who was poor of Spirit, he needed more of God’s Spirit, or more evidence of God’s Spirit, and power working mightily from within him. This was a personal cry from Moses, to His personal God.  A God who desires everyone to relate to Him in a personal and heartfelt way.

Moses was not reproved for this plea.  He was reproved and disciplined, when he became frustrated with God, and his fellow people at the Rock.  He hit the Rock, His Savior, in an outburst of anger.  I believe, what was going on in his mind was; “God!, Why are You burdening me with these unbelieving people?, You are not being good to me!, I am worthy of more respect than this, after all this time.”   Moses, hadn’t learned the lesson of mercy as fully as was desired by God. (none of us do)  Moses’s meekness gave way to anger and bitterness, to his followers and I believe, his Lord, for an instant.  Moses, like us all, fell far short of the perfect standard.  Moses did not enter the symbolic promised land, He did however enter the true promised land. It is the mercy and graciousness of God that we able to stand on another’s righteousness and not our own.

We all fall so far short.  Even the “Great” ones of the faith also fell far short.  God knows our need of Him, He is not taken aback when we question Him, on His promises to us,  when we come to him, and reverently take Him to task.  In psalm 88, and 89 we also see complaining believers.  The psalmist of 88 seemed to be a believer who was perpetually overcome by depression. ” Where’s my joy and peace, Lord?”  In Psalm 89, the psalmist, is complaining about God’s seemingly forgetting of His promises to David.  May we come to God with our faults and needs and honestly speak and even complain to Him.

This is, I believe, is a complaint from my favorite modern day psalmist, at a time of spiritual frustration with his Savior: