Do circumstances determine your thankfulness?

If we live in America, we are most likely richer than 90% of the world. If we have food, shelter, and clothing, we are better off than most. If we have been set free by the truths of Jesus Christ and his coming kingdom, then we are in very good shape.

All things considered, we have quite a bit to be thankful for. So did the children of Israel once they were taken out of Egypt. But look what happened once they forgot about all that God had done for them:

“The whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.” Exodus 16:2

Wow. God had taken them out of slavery, hard labor, and bondage. Not but a few days later they totally forgot about the miracles that had occurred. They let the plagues that astonished Pharaoh slip their minds. They allowed circumstances to determine their level of thankfulness.

Do we do the same thing? Do we allow a bad day here and there to get our minds off of all the good things God has done for us? Do we forget that He gives us air to breathe? Have we forgotten that He gave us life and allowed us to wake up today? If we really sat down and thought about it, we have so much to be thankful for. Americans have been given an abundance. 

Yesterday I talked about praying for others. Yet, when a prayer gets answered, do we then turn around and give God the thanks that He deserves? Hopefully we don’t just talk to God about the things we need and ignore Him once our needs are met. Let us take time today to show gratitude towards God for all the many blessings we have received.

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