Sin of Ingratitude
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:31)
It was the realization of the faithfulness of God that made David to exclaim, “oh that men would praise the Lord!” When you take time to consider all that He has done for you, you would naturally burst out in praises. God is faithful, irrespective of your dispositions and experiences. It is unfortunate that we give Him less than He deserves. He deserves all glory, praises and thanksgiving. Have you taken out quality time to offer thanks to the Almighty God? It seems easier to express our displeasure to Him than offering thanks.
Why should we give thanks? One reason is that is what we were created for that purpose. Everything is designed to bring pleasure to God including the non-living things. It is only mankind that has failed to continually operate in this state of thanksgiving. Also, we were created and sustained by God, hence we must return thanks to Him. In addition, we give thanks because of what God has done through Jesus Christ. He has made a new and living way available for us to have access to Him. Therefore, we give thanks to show our appreciation of the eternal values made available to us through Christ.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” (Luke.17.15 – 18)
It is sin when we fail to acknowledge that God is good to us. You may not be going through the best of experiences at the moment but it could have been worse. It is because of God’s mercy you are still alive and that deserves giving of thanks. A thoughtful heart is a thankful heart.
© Olusola John