It is true that until a man learns to keep in view and give thanks for what was and what is, he will never qualify to experience the great things which are to comeA major problem today is that men easily forget the faithfulness of God in the past when faced with current challenges. They begin to complain and grumble against God and His prophets not realizing that nothing leads to closed heavens like the art of complaining and grumbling.
In Numbers 11, the children of Israel fell prey to the spirit of ingratitude and they were not spared. The bible says that the wrath of God broke out against them.
They desired meat, but instead of asking in faith and humility, they began to compare God with Pharaoh and prefer their days of bondage in Egypt to their salvation. In Number 11: 4- 6, they said, “Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.”
They said they ate in Egypt freely, but they forgot that their male children, the preserver of their race were being destroyed in the Nile at birth. They forgot the flogging of their backs by the task masters of Egypt and so on. I pray for you that you will never get to that point where you will ever forget the wickedness of the devil so much that you’d prefer him to God.
They looked down on the manna, a food which they ate and was so balanced by all dietary standards that none of them according to Psalms 105: 37 became feeble.
I do not begrudge them for desiring some variety but they should not have complained. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Yes! They got what they wanted but according to Psalm 78: 29- 31, “So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; they were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, the wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.” This makes it clear that you may get from God by blackmail but it only ends in sorrow.
You see, we need to realise that the God who gave us water is capable and willing to give us rice and beans. 1Corinthians 2:9 says, “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. Now, everyone wants what God has prepared but one of the greatest killer sins is the sin of ingratitude. In gratitude denies a man from attaining to God’s best for him. If you must step into God’s best, connect to the spirit of gratitude.
David the King and Psalmist remains a clear example of a man who knew how to remain close to God’s heart. From Psalm to Psalm, we see a man whose default language in every situation is “O give thanks to the Lord!” David was not moved by things. He knew the infallibility of God. His knowledge of God was clear and unshakeable. He was always quick to say things like “Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old” (Ps 25:6). He knew that God was, is and is. He had the revelation of entering God’s presence. He instructs in Psalm 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
David’s life teaches us that a heart of gratitude lifts us to great altitudes in life. Jehoshaphat’s life teaches us that a life of gratitude gives us victory over enemies without us having to lift even a finger. His life teaches us that when we learn to praise, God Himself steps into our battles to gives us victory and access to the spoils of our enemies.
To connect the spirit of gratitude, you must:
- Stop evil Comparison with your peers. You did not come into this world with anybody and you’ll probably not leave with anybody. As there are people who have seemingly attained higher than you, so also you have attained higher than others. You must know that there are many people who would willingly give an eye to be where you are right now. Thank God for where you are as you acknowledge that He is at work in you to take you higher even beyond your dreams (Eph. 3: 20).
- Remember to Count your blessings. Remember what God has done in your life. Count your blessings including the fact that you woke up this morning and are reading this write up right now. It is a privilege many do not have. Thanking God for the past is a major prequalification for accessing the blessings of the future.
- Be joyful always. People who are sad and are always complaining and grumbling cannot handle the blessings of God. They are wasters because they are too busy complaining about what they do not have to maximize what God has made available to them. A joyful on the other hand is well coordinated and can handle the blessings of God.
- Judge God righteous and thank Him even when you have all the excuses not to. Even when there is nothing to thank God for, you must find a reason to do so. Habakkuk 3: 17- 19 says, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls, Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places”. In other words, I do not need physical blessings to be thankful but thankfulness in the face of hard times turns situations around for good.
Do not get deceived into ingratitude. Disconnect from Ingratitude and Connect to the spirit of gratitude and the joy that gives strength to go through your situation until you arrive on the sunny side will guard your heart in Jesus name.