I cry aloud to the Lord;
I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2 I pour out before him my complaint;
before him I tell my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2
When we complain to others, especially to those who cannot solve our problem, it gets the complaint off our chest but does little else. It tends to paint us as complainers or whiners. It makes us look petty.
On the other hand, when we lift our complaints to God as David did, it acts as a prayer, particularly when we pray for the situation. It has the added benefit of getting it off our chest. And then when He intervenes in the way He chooses, we can give thanks.
So, then, does complaining lead to thanksgiving? It certainly could. Complaining to others doesn’t solve anything unless they’re in a position to solve it. Give it over to God because He knows what you’re thinking anyway.
Often we don’t feel right about complaining to God, probably because He’s God.
Going to God really is the best choice in this situation and in most situations.