Numbers 14:27, 28 (KJV)
“How long will this wicked community grumble against me? ... As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say.”
Are we harassed and hanging on to things we should have let go years ago? Complaining will only keep you from God’s very best for you. I think about His wholeness, His healing, and His putting us in the path of blessing; and how he shows us His good plan for our lives. That takes you and I letting go. Slamming the door to complaint and opening our hearts to thanksgiving. Psalm 50:23 states “He who sacrifices thank offerings, honors me and he prepares that way that I may show him the salvation of God.” Did you notice your involvement there? “He prepares the way” is referring to you, not God.
One of the great ways that we prepare the way for God’s salvation is to turn our hearts in thanksgiving to Him. It is an act of the will to surrender yourself to praising God instead of taking the easy road of complaint. I personally don’t want to magnify my problems. I really desire to prepare the way for God to act in my heart and life through thanksgiving. At first, it may seem difficult, but the more you practice thanksgiving the greater power it has in your life. Instead of looking at all that is lost, you actually develop a spirit of thankfulness for the things that you have. It may be as close as your children. You virtually open the doors to God’s dealing with their lives and the provisions that He will show to you on behalf of yourself and them. We need to ask ourselves, “Do we want to be healed?” “Do we want His blessing?” “Would we like to be made whole?” Being thankful is the key to all of these things.
In conclusion, thanksgiving opens the door to greater things. Even after you have received from God, continue the practice of thanksgiving because there is more to come. It is a never ending supply of His goodness in our lives.