I sometimes wonder how we, as Christians, can be so ungrateful when we are already receiving things we don’t deserve. I mean, some of us are ungrateful for the spouse we have when, if the truth shall be told, you didn’t deserve them anyway yet God blessed you with them and they’ve made your life better but you can’t see it. Some of us are so ungrateful for the job we have when we could be on the corner of the expressway doing some strange thangs for change. Some of us are not thankful for the home we have when we could be standing in line every night trying to get a room at the local mission. We complain so much about everything that it’s starting to overshadow everything! (You’ll get that in a minute) When will we be thankful for what we have? I’ve come to realize that God won’t give me anything else if I’m not grateful for what He’s already done. It’s like me walking up to you every day with a gift yet you never even take the time to open it, they’ve just been piling up in your drawer. What sense would it make for me to continue to take the time to give you something you’re not even thankful for? Me, as being a fleshly body wouldn’t give your ungrateful tail nothing else oh but thanks be to God who is not like us because although we take His many blessings for granted, He still gives us a fresh anointing of His power every morning. If it were up to man, your water would have been cut off when you didn’t pay the bill yet God has shown up once again and you’d rather take your last few dollars to Wild Out Wednesday instead of putting them in the offering tray. Yea, God showed up and saved your butt, like He does, when you couldn’t even provide for yourself and yet you’ve been promoted on your job and you can’t even give Him His due praise. God protected your ignorant self when you decided to drive drunk and instead of being grateful and changing your ways, you tried it again the next weekend. God has delivered you from the hands of an abusive spouse, from that cancer that has killed countless others, from that bullet that had your name on it and from that alcohol and drugs that you should have overdosed on and yet you’re still too selfish to share your testimony.
I just don’t understand, I can’t seem to wrap my thoughts around it and no matter how I try to twist it, it doesn’t make sense. You do know that when you constantly complain God is not pleased, right? When the people complained in the wilderness, Numbers 11:1 says, “Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.” Can you handle the wrath of God? Will you be willing to try? (I’m not!) And although I am not perfect in not complaining, every day I strive to do better to appreciate what I have because it could be, no, it should be worse but it’s not. Try being grateful and see if it works!