The men at our church have been reading The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson, and a week ago we talked about how a godly man is a patient man. Under that heading Watson warned against: “Discontent; which is a sullen dogged humour: when a man is not angry at his sins, but at his condition.”
You can be angry with what’s happening or you can be angry with your sinful response to what’s happening. It’s not two separate things, the situation over here and your sins somewhere else, but its the angle on the same event. When something doesn’t go how you hoped it would, when someone else gets something you thought you should, are you ruthless with any sin coming up in your heart?
Paul told the Colossians that they must “put off” or put away anger, wrath, malice, and slander (Colossians 3:8). Likewise, when discontented impatience comes at you, put it off. Either lay aside your anger and impatience or you will, by default, be laying aside additional opportunities. Put on instead, as God’s chosen ones, humility and meekness and patience (Colossians 3:12).
How can you grow in favor with God and men when you are angry with God and bitter against men? You want a reputation for being awesome, but get mad if your awesomeness isn’t recognized? That mad is not awesome.
How much our complaints reveal about us. How much God’s Word points instead to our confession. Let your confession reveal your humility, your faith, your submission, your glory.