I trust your new year has been good thus far. As you are walking with the Lord, I hope you are experiencing His goodness. Every growing Christian knows that there will be ups and downs in our spiritual journey with the Lord.
One of the things we must watch out for is a complaining attitude. There will be trials and temptations but the Lord will see us through. On the verge of entering the Promised Land, the Israelites murmured, complained against the Lord and invited the wrath of God (Numbers 14:1-29). All those who are 20 years and above could not enter the land. They all died in the wilderness. Their life was painful and barren.
The antidote for complaining is an attitude of thanksgiving. It is difficult to thank God going through challenges of life. James McDonald says that we can be thankful at three levels.
Elementary level: Thanking God for small things in a routine manner. Like the air we breathe, the sunlight we bask in, the water we drink, food, clothes and all things that we otherwise take for granted. Hebrews 13:15.
Secondary Level: In everything give thanks. We can look at the positive side of any situation and give thanks. Many years ago, my wife and I had an accident on a busy road. We both had a bad fall from our motorcycle but we were not injured. We gave thanks for His protection from harm (1 Thess. 5:18). Ignore the bad and be thankful for the good.
Graduate school of thankfulness: Give thanks for all things. Even foruntoward things. Paul and Silas sang hymns in prison (Acts 16:16-40). Ephesians 5:18, 20.
It’s time to move up in the school of thankfulness.
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Samson Gandhi
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