In the book of Nehemiah there is a reference that speaks of a Jewish man named Mattaniah whose occupation it was, to on-goingly give thanks to the Lord. That scripture makes me wonder whether God has yet received appropriate expressions of gratitude for all He has done in our lives. This week being Thanksgiving, I questioned whether the Lord Jesus received the proper number of thank you’s; in contrast to all He has done for human beings.
On the opposite hand, when we grumble and complain over “the way things are”- we are also disobeying His instructions to give thanks in everything. ( I Thes. 5:18) Make no mistake; God takes note of our lack of gratitude. When Jesus healed ten lepers in Luke 17, He was very taken back by the fact that only one of them returned to thank Him.
May I offer you the challenge I am issuing to myself– to make much better use of the words you speak out? Let’s agree to let others do the complaining, whoever “others” are. And let the redeemed of the Lord offer up to God the fruit of our lips giving praise, and continual thanks. (Heb. 13:15) Life is too short to do otherwise, and the Lord is entirely worthy.
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