Just a Little More Gratitude, Please!
Is there anything you can do to repay God for His goodness to you? The short answer is no. God is too good and what you can give him is too small to come anywhere close to being sufficient. But the good news is, God does not want you to even try to repay Him.
Now, while we can never repay Him, being grateful to Him is a good thing and our gratitude is something God delights in. Unfortunately, God gets far less gratitude from us than we could give Him, and certainly far, far less than He deserves. That is not surprising since the Bible reveals that one of the characteristics of this Age would be unthankfulness.
Why is there such an epidemic of ingratitude towards God? Three reasons. First, a propensity to forget. God blesses us today and by the time we face the next challenge, we have allowed the memory of what God did for us in the past to fade away. Second, a tendency to take many of God’s blessings for granted because they are so consistent. Imagine how grateful we would be for the air we breathe, the food we eat, the house we live in, if God was not so consistent in providing these things for us every day. Thirdly, a sense of entitlement. Gratitude is impossible when we feel we are entitled to what we have and, in fact, deserve more than we are getting. Until we come to know we have nothing we did not receive and every good thing, both natural, and spiritual, is a gift of grace, our hearts will be ungrateful.
In the Book of Psalms, chapter 116:12-14, we read:
“What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people.”
The Psalmist was responding to God’s goodness and acknowledging all of His benefits. He chose not to let God’s blessings fade from his memory, not to take them for granted, and not to think he was entitled to any of them. Conscious of God’s grace and mercy towards him, his heart overflowed with thanks as he searched for ways to better express his gratitude to God. His example is worth emulating.
Child of God, God loves it when you are continually drinking from the cup of salvation, calling upon His Name, and overflowing with gratitude. So, I encourage you to let the example of the Psalmist inspire you. Become intentional about recalling the blessings of God daily. Don’t allow yourself to forget, don’t take His goodness for granted, and don’t accept the false notion that you are entitled to any good thing you have received from God. The result will be that you will start to give thanks to God in ways you believe are meaningful to Him. But it won’t be because you are forced to, but because you want to. And in this, God will take great delight.