Complaints and discontent are signs that though we have faith in God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our faith is weak. While we confess that Jesus died and rose again, and that He has saved us in the forgiving flood of His love, our complaints show that to our sinful flesh we believe that this is not enough. We complain because we want more. We complain because we think our way is the best way. We complain because we live out the curse given us by Adam – that we want to be god.
You see, your complaints reveal who the god of your heart is. It is the idol of self. For when you complain you have set your mind on yourself, instead of looking to our God of deliverance.
Our Lord Jesus would often use children and infants as prime examples of who the faithful are. The faithful are those who have “faith like a child.” That is, a simple, trusting attitude of humility. Children by nature are trusting of those whom they love, and of those who love and care for them. Therefore childlike faith is to hear what our Lord says in His Word, and believe, trusting in His love. Even in the midst of those things we would complain about, trusting in the loving kindness of God.
This is the attitude of faith that we who have been baptized into the love of Christ are given by the working of the Spirit. We are called to trust like a child. To hear the Word, and believe that Word, and know that God will always give what we need, when we need it. Even when what we need is suffering – the one with childlike faith trusts that Jesus knows best. That God will lead you out of trials and grow your faith.
So then, the life of one baptized into the Name of Christ is a life of prayer. As we gather together in the Divine Service we pray. As we face each new day, each challenge and trial, we pray. Prayer is, as you know, and act of faith. It is a confession that we believe that God is real, and living, and hears us when we pray. Prayer connects us to our loving Savior, who invites us to pray. Prayer then in an active conversation with the living God, whose blood has set us free from sin and death, and whose desire is to be our God, that we may be His people.