Jesus healed ten lepers but only one returned to show his gratitude. Nine went on with their lives never choosing gratitude but instead demonstrating ingratitude through their lack of thanksgiving.
We live in a society that is filled with ingratitude. We are rarely thankful and few see the goodness of God in it all.
How I see it is that there are three types of people in the world.
1. Those who completely take God’s blessings totally for granted.
2. Those who are thankful for how God has blessed them.
3. And those rare few who are grateful to God just because He is God.
Which one are you?
Do you remember the Israelites when they were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years? We’d just about die if we ever really had a ‘wilderness’ experience. But wait. The Israelites DID have an experience like that and many of them did die!!
They died out of ingratitude!!
If people actually died every time they made a statement out of their extreme ingratitude, it would hit the internet news!! Fast!!
God is gracious and we think and say many things out of the ingratitude of our heart without dropping dead.
According to Chuck Swindoll, if Moses’ wife had a cookbook it would probably have been called, “1000 Ways to Cook Manna.”
Manna was the food that came down from heaven like rain every day except Sunday while the Israelites were in the wilderness. They had to eat the same thing, day after day after day after day after day for forty long years.
Can you imagine eating the same thing day after day for forty years? I don’t think so!!
The Isrelites never had to prepare those meals. How about that? A dream come true? Not if you were eating the same thing day in and day out. The Israelites weren’t filled with any more ingratitude than you or I would be!
No one needed to ask, “What’s for dinner?” They knew!
They hated it and grew weary of its sameness to the point that they lost their appetite (Numbers 11)
They looked back to the years in Egypt and longed for the delicious leeks and onions, forgetting that they paid dearly for them with their slave-labor toil.
They now had manna, ‘labor free’ as God supplied their every need.
As Chuck Swindoll put it, “Already having much, they now wanted more. Having plenty, thy now wanted variety. Having tired of manna, they now wanted meat.”
Life is so daily.
God gives us manna daily. If we were able to observe and see with the purpose of testing our level of gratitude or ingratitude.
Will we pass the test?
Will we show gratitude for what God is providing for us?
What if it doesn’t seem like God is answering our prayers, should we still have gratitude or in ‘this’ case, is it alright to have ingratitude?
Maybe for whatever reason, you have a fair amount of debt. Maybe your house payments are extremely high. It originally seemed like you would be able to easily make the payments. Your situation changed, you miscalculated. You have several loans and it makes things tight. Certainly in THIS situation, God wouldn’t expect you to have gratitude?!
Certainly. Positively. No matter what circumstances you find yourself in, God does expect us to show gratitude and say “NO!” to ingratitude.
Just as God gave the Israelites a day after day, week after week test to see if they would have obedience and patience with determination to continue despite the monotony of the situation. God also wants us to come in close to His side and be thankful for the monotony of your life.
He wants you to have gratitude for Him just because He is God.