There are two things that I know to be true:
1) Pregnancy can be difficult.
2) God can strengthen us to overcome all difficulties, and because of his death on the cross we can have victory over the sin of complaining.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”
Philippians 2: 2-16
These verses hit me between the eyes this morning. It is convicting and encouraging to know that God begins the work of salvation and finishes it, and He is the one who wills us to obedience. He cannot command us to do things that are impossible. Imagine what a sinister, evil God He would be if He did command impossible things. But we know the truth: He is endlessly and wonderfully good. He has given us the power that raised Jesus from the dead to overcome the deadweight (our flesh) that we carry around until we are fully and finally made new.
I am thankful for a compassionate, gracious God that forgives me of my failure in this area and promises victory over the sin of grumbling.
If you find yourself excusing your sin like me, kill it and pray that He will continue to give you the strength to endure difficulties with joy, so that together we can continue to point to Christ.