Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word, but complained in their tents, and did not heed the voice of the Lord.
— Psalm 106:24-25
After experiencing the power of God to deliver them from slavery with miraculous wonders, it took the Israelites very little time to find fault and complain. Many people have received the grace of Jesus with eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, and the promises of God but still hold an attitude of “despising” and “complaining” and not heeding God’s instruction. Instead of believing they are equipped by God to “reign in life” (Romans 5:17), they want Him to make all their problems vanish while they do nothing.
The grace of Jesus Christ calls for our response. The Holy Spirit empowers us. It is His power working through us that does abundantly more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
We have passed from death to life! We have received eternal life! We are forgiven and cleansed from sin! We are His new creation reborn in His righteousness! We are delivered from the power of darkness! We have authority over the devil. We have the power of God’s name. We have His Spirit, Word, power, love, joy, and peace. How can we be anything but thankful? A thankful heart brings an attitude of victory in whatever we face in life. And an attitude of victory overcomes.
“Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Rom. 1:21).
An unthankful attitude comes from futile thoughts and a foolish, darkened heart.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:18-19).
There is a direct connection between having a thankful heart and the freedom of the Holy Spirit to move in your life. Be thankful in everything. Thankfulness releases the power of God.
“Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us” (Psalm 67:5-6).
—Inspiration B. Bennet