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Overcoming Complaining: Trusting in Yah Elohim's Plan

Complaining is a common spiritual ailment that affects most people at times. It often seems normal to vent to a co-worker about upper management or share frustrations with a spouse or close friend. While expressing feelings and standing against injustices are important, it's crucial to recognize that this can be done without complaining. The spirit of complaining stems from distrust or frustration, not merely with our circumstances, but with Elohim. If we believe that Elohim allows things to happen, then our dissatisfaction is directed at the one who permits these events. For example, a flat tire never happens when it’s convenient, and while we may become frustrated and shake our fists, what does this achieve? Perhaps Elohim allowed the tire to go flat to prevent a fatal accident. We can never fully know the reasons behind such events. This is why complaining is neither appropriate nor beneficial, and in all things, we should give thanks.

“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the desire of Elohim in Messiah Yeshua for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

This is easier said than done, as life often conditions us to be pessimistic and resentful. Complaining becomes second nature and often happens without us even realizing it. While some may not see the harm in complaining, it's important to recognize that at its root lies a spirit of distrust. We should strive to be like David, blessing the Father in all things and at all times.

“I bless יהוה at all times; His praise is continually in my mouth.” (Psalms 34:1)

A kindred spirit to complaining, which shares the same root, is worry. When we are anxious about the future, it reflects a faith that does not fully trust in Elohim.

“Do not worry at all, but in every matter, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim. And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Messiah Yeshua.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

If we allow such a spirit to dwell within us, it can harden our hearts, turning them cold and dark. The light of Yah will fade from us, leaving only the futile need to complain and worry.

“Because knowing Elohim, they didn’t glorify Him as Elohim, and didn’t give thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

If one listens to the spirit of distrust, the vanity of their reasoning becomes evident. Their thoughts turn to self-pity, spite, negativity, and, above all, become daggers to Elohim. Although they know Yah, they do not see Him as El Shaddai. Our Elohim is a consuming fire, and to understand how seriously Yah regards complaining, we read the following.

“And it came to be, when the people were as complainers, it was evil in the ears of יהוה. And יהוה heard it, and His displeasure burned. And the fire of יהוה burned among them, and consumed those in the outskirts of the camp.” (Numbers 11:1)

With a mighty hand, Yah delivered the children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt. They witnessed miracles and ate bread from heaven. Even so, the spirit of distrust crept in as the discomfort of the wilderness began to set in.

“And the people spoke against Elohim and against Mosheh, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this disgusting food!” And יהוה sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people. And many of the people of Yisra’ĕl died. Then the people came to Mosheh, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against יהוה and against you. Pray to יהוה to take away the serpents from us.” So Mosheh prayed on behalf of the people.” (Numbers 21:5-7)

How often do we pray for a new job, only to complain about it once we have it? Or pray to move to a new city, only to find something about the city to complain about once we get there? We are no different from the Israelites who wandered the desert. They prayed for deliverance, and once they were free, they found things to complain about.


“They took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. The whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron in the wilderness; and the children of Israel said to them, “We wish that we had died by the Yah’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots, when we ate our fill of bread, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then Yah said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from the sky for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my Torah or not.” (Exodus 16:1-4)


“The mixed multitude that was among them lusted exceedingly; and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish, which we ate in Egypt for nothing; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; but now we have lost our appetite. There is nothing at all except this manna to look at.” (Numbers 11:4-6)


“All the congregation of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, according to Yah’s commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Yah?” The people were thirsty for water there; so the people murmured against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?” Moses cried to the Yah, saying, “What shall I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” (Exodus 17:1-4)

Moses’ Leadership

“All the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. All the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “We wish that we had died in the land of Egypt, or that we had died in this wilderness! Why does Yah bring us to this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be captured or killed! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return into Egypt?” They said to one another, “Let’s choose a leader, and let’s return into Egypt.” (Numbers 14:1-4)

If Yah has placed us in a trial or led us through our own wilderness, we should not be like those of the past—constantly complaining and succumbing to the spirit of distrust that separates us from Elohim. Instead, be steadfast and calm, knowing that all things work for the glory of Elohim.

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love Elohim, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)  

If you are truly keeping covenant with Yah Elohim, rest assured that whatever you are going through will be okay. He has a plan for you and for those who walk this path alongside you.


It's understandable to feel overwhelmed at times and to seek aid. Even as we battle against the spirit of distrust, which manifests as complaining and fear, we may still feel the pressures of the world. Rather than yielding to its seductive whispers, we rise to the occasion, discerning what we can control and what we cannot, and placing our trust in the One we call Father.

“Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they? “Which of you by being anxious, can add one moment  to his lifespan? Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin, yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. But if Elohim so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith? “Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first Elohim’s Kingdom and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.” (Matthew 6:25-34)


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