From Grumbling to Grateful

From Grumbling to Grateful

In my morning quiet time I am currently reading the book of Numbers.  This book paints a stark picture of human nature.  The people suffer and cry out to God; the Lord miraculously rescues them; God sustains and provides for them; the people are grateful and obedient - until they aren’t.  At some point they start grumbling and complaining until they end up in trouble again. The cycle repeats until even God Himself seems exasperated with them.

The LORD said to Moses, "How much longer will these people reject me? How much longer will they refuse to trust in me, even though I have performed so many miracles among them? – Numbers 14:11 (NKJV)

I see echoes of this in my beloved country, the United States.  God shed His grace on us for many years. Now it seems that most of our citizens reject Him, refusing to trust in Him even though He has performed so many miracles among us.  Judging by popular media, grumbling and complaining have become two of our favorite pastimes.

While thinking of this, I heard a whisper in my mind saying, “Is there a lesson here for me as well?”  It is easy to hear a teaching and think of all the other people who need it – when all along I’m often the most in need.  Thankfully I don’t reject God, but there are definitely periods of grumbling and complaining in my life.

The solution to my problem can be found in this season of giving thanks.  A thankful heart cannot grumble, nor can a grateful heart complain.  I pray that God will help me develop a habit of gratitude which will last throughout the year.  God is always at work in my life if only I would notice it.  This Thanksgiving, I join with the Psalmist in these words of prayer:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)