Okay, my light bulb moment from the other day. I’ve had a complaint about something and I’ve been feeling badly about having it, and then I came upon these words:
“In that day …those who complain will accept instruction.”
- Isaiah 29: 24
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Just for context, here’s the whole passage:
Therefore this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the house of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
no longer will their faces grow pale.
When they see among them their children,
the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction.” – Isaiah 29:22-24 (NIV)
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I want to zero in on that last part and not launch into a multi-screen ramble on the whole section (which I am prone to do).
The Book of Isaiah is not for the faint-of-heart. There’s more death, destruction and unhappy occurrences (including people swimming in manure – sorry) than in any other book I know. And yet….hope, renewal and vision are woven throughout, as in the passage above.
To the point:
Whenever I encounter details of a future glorious day, I look for specifics we can get some head-start practice on now. And here’s one of those things: those who complain will accept instruction.
My thought: It’s one thing to have a complaint and another to be a complainer. The latter is to be avoided because it’s a bad character trait. But the former …….it’s not necessarily something to feel bad about, for in a complaint there can be instruction.
If something keeps pushing my buttons, I’m sure the reason is NOT so that I keep carping about it. Is there something I need to see, about the situation or about me? Is there something I need to do?
Some of the best things I’ve felt led to do (or stop doing) in my life came about because I had a complaint that wouldn’t go away on its own, and I prayed about it. The complaint was part of my seeing the divine directional arrow.
An old pastor of ours once said about a curmudgeonly member, “Oh, he always has a burr in his saddle.” Okay, THAT is a complainer. THAT is something I don’t want to be. But I don’t want to discount the value of having a complaint itself.
I think we need to dispel the myth that having a complaint is something to feel bad about, as if there’s a shame attached to it.
In the meantime, I got some direction on my complaint. Love that!