There was a generation of complainers and whiners in the Old Testament. It was the generation of those who came out of Egypt. Though God delivered them and intended to lead them into a good land, they complained at every turn. Since that generation lived we have been told several times in the scripture to avoid being like that generation.
Conversly, Many of the Old Testament greats walked in an attitude of gratitude as a lifestyle. Thus the Old Testament and New are filled with the call to thanksgiving and thankfulness.
Yet think about the challenge that it must have been.
For us, if we were to be taken back to that day, what would we do? How would we be acting? Would we holler and whine, complain and belly ache.
About the time you say, “you don’t know what I have to go through, you don’t know what my life is like, how I can’t be thankful…”
We just need to visit the day’s of the Old Testament.
Consider life in their day:
No automated heat
No heaters on their horses or chariots
No birthing centers
No pain killers
No lawnmowers, stereo’s, cell phones, jet airplanes, coffee makers, insulated walls, double pane windows, oven’s, cabinets…
Of course we could go on and on, yet they were thankful !
They understood that God was their help.
They looked to him and their hearts were lifted.
They loved His salvation.
Thanksgiving is and was the hallmark of God’s greatest and most useful servants.
King David was one great example of thanksgiving…
David lived out of a heart of worship and therefore thanksgiving.
He longed for the Ark of God and finally succeeded in bringing the Ark to Jerusalem. When he did, on that day, he appointed 24/7 worship to ascend with thanksgiving. As we continue in 90 day’s of faith, let’s embrace the thanksgiving season with a lifestyle of thanks. Let this be a slice of goodness sandwiched into our 90 days of preparation for conquest.
1 Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
Ezra a man of thanks…
Ezra 3:10 Now when the builders had laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD according to the directions of King David of Israel. 11 And they sang, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, saying, “For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
No matter how difficult your journey, look for the goodness in it. No matter how challenging look for the hand of God . Choose a heart of gratitude, one that brings him pleasure.
Let’s follow the greats of God with great gratitude. Find the good, search for it and meditate on the good.
Phil. 4: 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things