Open Heaven Daily Devotional 2 December 2022
TOPIC: The Sin of Ingratitude
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” – (Romans 1:21)
SCRIPTURE TO READ: Numbers 11:1-20 (KJV)
Open Heaven Daily Devotional 2 December 2022 OUTLINE
Ingratitude is a sin, and many people, including children of God, are guilty of it. Ingratitude was the cause of the original sin in the garden of Eden. Before God created man, He planted a garden and put everything there. The man just woke up to find that there was abundance everywhere. God said to Him, “Everything you see here is yours; there is only one tree I don’t want you to touch, that is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”.
The tempter then came and said, in essence, to the woman, “Forget all the things that God has given you, just focus on that one thing that you can’t have. Don’t be grateful for the rest”. She obeyed him, ate the fruit and gave some to her husband who also ate it. This made God send them out of the garden and they had to start toiling to grow their food afterwards (Genesis 3). Their ingratitude led to them losing everything God had provided for them in Eden!
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It is dangerous not to be grateful to God for all that He has done for you because more than anyone and anything else, He is really worthy to be praised. It is ingratitude to focus only on what we do not have yet and ignore all other benefits the Lord has blessed us with.
There was a very wealthy man who was also a great socialite. Unfortunately, he had a stroke – the kind that can take away a man’s voice. He was taken to the best hospital in London and it so happened that I was visiting the city around the same time. We had a mutual friend who asked me to come pray for the man. When we arrived at the hospital, he was sitting up in bed with his wife by his side, but then she stepped out briefly. After I had prayed for him, he tried to pass across a message to us by gesticulating. It took us about 30 minutes to understand that all he was trying to say to us was that his wife would soon be back.
Now, look at yourself. You don’t need thirty minutes to make a simple statement. You can talk, you can shout, you can even sing. Why then don’t you thank God for the gifts and benefits He has given you while you trust Him to provide those other things you are yet to receive? As we read in our Bible text for today, ingratitude can lead to destruction; it is a sin. Be grateful for what you have.
OPEN HEAVEN PRAYER POINT:
Father, I am sorry for being ungrateful all this while; please have mercy on me. Now go ahead and thank Him for all He has given you.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Romans 16 – 1 Corinthians 3