Complaining to God

But Abram said, “Lord God, what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Abram continued, “Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.” Genesis 15:2-3 HCSB

There have been times in my life when I have complained to God about what I was experiencing. I have asked Him, “Why is this happening to me?” Certainly others have had the same experience. When over 3,000 people were killed on 911 many asked, “Why did this happen?” If we have a loved one who is facing a terminal disease we may ask God, “Why?” and complain about our circumstances.

God had just promised in a vision that Abram would have a great reward. Abram was complaining that even if God gave him an abundance of money, land, or possessions, it would be inherited by his slave Eliezer since he did not have any children. Eliezer was Abram’s trusted servant. If Abram were to die without a son, his eldest servant would become the heir. Although Abram loved Eliezer, he wanted a son to inherit his possessions. Abram was complaining that God had not given him a son.

Challenge: When have you complained to God about the circumstances in your life? Ask God to forgive your lack of faith. Trust God that He knows what is best in every situation and that He will bring good from the bad in our lives. The pain and suffering may even be a blessing in disguise.

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