And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord.—NUM. xi. 1.
When thou hast thanked thy God
For every blessing sent,
What time will then remain
For murmurs or lament?
R. C. TRENCH.
Let him, with a cheerful and thankful spirit, yield himself up to suffer whatever God shall appoint unto him, and to fulfil, according to his power, by the grace of God, all His holy will to the utmost that he can discern it, and never complain of his distresses but to God alone, with entire and humble resignation, praying that he may be strong to endure all his sufferings according to the will of God.
He who complains, or thinks he has a right to complain, because he is called in God’s Providence to suffer, has something within him which needs to be taken away. A soul whose will is lost in God’s will, can never do this. Sorrow may exist; but complaint never.