God’s Response To My Gripe

God’s Response To My Gripe

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I heard the words come out of my mouth in a conversation with my friend.  After a few sentences I caught myself and thought, I’ve got to turn this around!  So I quickly started saying some positive, uplifting things.  I did this because there is one thing I don’t want to become…. a griper!

I notice other people griping, even when they describe good things.  I hear people complain about the weather, their house, work, kids, spouse… on and on.  The older I get, the more I realize that I do not want to become an old lady who gripes and complains.

In order to further help me commit to be a non-griper, the Lord led me to a great passage about someone who complained and questioned God.  In Jeremiah 12:1-6, the prophet had been faced with opposition while prophesying difficult messages about the priests of Anathoth.  Although Jeremiah clearly states that he knows that God is righteous, he then begins to question God’s justice in allowing the apparent success of the wicked.  In other words, he asked the age-old question when we don’t understand what’s going on in our lives:  “Why?”

God answered Jeremiah right away with bold questions that contained a powerful underlying meaning.  Here’s how God responded to Jeremiah’s complaint:

Jeremiah 12:5

“If you have raced with men on foot

and they have worn you out,

How can you compete with horses?

And then…. to make His point even clearer, God asks in verse 6:

“If you stumble in safe country,

how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”

Jeremiah had been experiencing difficulty while prophesying to the people of Anathoth, but it was as if God was saying, “If you think this is bad, what will you do when you get to Jerusalem where it will be much worse!”

God’s response to Jeremiah’s complaint stopped me right in my tracks and made me see how important it is for me to stand firm in my faith without questioning and doubting God.  After all, isn’t that what griping is all about?  We doubt God’s goodness, we don’t trust His plan, and we aren’t thankful for the good things in the situation.  And so, we find ourselves complaining about things that really aren’t so bad or that really could be much worse.

Even though God was speaking to a faithful prophet who was facing persecution and things much harder than what I face, I understood clearly the meaning God had for me.  I wrote this in the margin next to the verses:

If we stumble when things are safe, good and comfortable, we are of no use to God because we’ll fall when things get tough.

You and I have to learn not to gripe or doubt God in our difficulties.  We must toughen up and stand firm in our faith.  And, most of all … have a positive, trusting and grateful attitude.  Our trust in God should be reflected in our everyday conversations.

I don’t want to become a griper …. do you?

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only what is good for building others up, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  Ephesians 4:29


Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.


  1. Thank you, Laurie. I try not to be a griper as well, but I had never analyzed why in the way that you have today. A good Biblical passage to remember!

  2. Love this ~ If we stumble when things are safe, good and comfortable, we are of no use to God because we’ll fall when things get tough. So true. I’ve noticed as people age it seems they tend toward either a sour nature or a sweet one. I pray I’ll be one of the sweet natured! Thank you for this reminder we need to have thankful hearts no matter what our circumstances.

    • Laurie Driesen says:

      That’s exactly how I feel. I too want to have a sweet nature. It’s amazing how God speaks through His Word!

  3. God uses a lot of tough love throughout Scripture, sandwiched well with tender mercies. This is an excellent passage for wanna-be gripers or those tempted to step in that quicksand. Thank you, Laurie. You were inspired on this one! I appreciate the courage it took to write it.

    • Laurie Driesen says:

      Thank you Chris, I have to say this passage has been life-changing for me. It’s amazing how God uses His Word to change us!

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