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My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. . . To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. — Psalm 22:2, 5

Reflect

Life isn't easy. We've heard many platitudes meant to encourage us.

Being a complainer is not attractive.

You need to find the silver lining in every cloud.

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Smile even when it hurts.

Most of us try to begin our day by thanking God for our blessings before we face our challenges. But when we feel despair, it is acceptable to complain, or do we need to bury those emotions? The Bible recounts times when people cried out to the Lord, times when they voiced their complaints. In Psalm 22 we're told that Christ poured out His soul to His heavenly Father throughout His sufferings. If we follow Christ's example, we can take our complaints to God in prayer as long as we, like Christ, also acknowledge our love for and trust in God.

If we complain to others, we won't solve our problems. If we praise God and trust Him to stand with us during our trials, He will raise us up to handle our problems. Maybe we need to replace those old platitudes with this one: Complain and remain, or praise to be raised.

Pray

Lord, thank You for listening to my complaints and saving me from my sins. Even during my struggles I will praise You as my God and Savior. Amen.