Giving thanks to God
Many times we are so consumed by the things that are “lacking”, you know, that we lose perspective of every thing, you know you look at your life and there is this missing,you don’t have this, salary could have been much higher, a certain sibling has a problem, you phone has an issue(s), sth at home is amiss, you face has pimples, this person has said this, and yes you know that definitely, it could be better, you even look at your friends, peers and life seems to be working for them, they are stepping into places you have desired for a long, they are owning and enjoying those things, that honestly right now, you don’t see any hope of acquiring them, at least not in the near future and then you wonder and even ask God that for me, why is my life like this, you know, there is always just this one thing or even things missing and yes you are probably right, certain things we need just seem to always be absent. You know the problem with this is that all these gaps, “lacks” if I may, always if given over to end up consuming us and with time, you find that, they are all we are thinking about, yes we at times think about God but we also think about these things, to us they are also important. What we don’t realise is that the consciousness of all these “insufficiencies” justs ends up blinding us, its like a mist, or a fog or even scales in one’s eyes, we lose perspective and in the end start complaining, it starts smalls and is always small for some but it’s always there, most times, we don’t realise that it’s there because like I’ve said all we can see is that that is missing. We then form a habit of complaining, its actually very subtle, we never see ourselves, as culprits of this vice but like all dangerous and destructive things, it’s only powerful because we can’t see it. If it is exposed by the light, then like a snake, it can no longer pose any danger.
You know this complaining is so powerful, it caused the children of Israel to wonder in the desert for all those years, think about it, it’s the only reason they were there for all that time
You see we read their story and are like; but these guys also, after seeing all these powerful signs, wonders and miracles, we call them. After seeing all these things by the hand of God, really what are the canaanites to such a God, we ask. And yes , because we are seeing with clear perspective their lives, it just doesn’t make sense the fact that these are even afraid of these canaanites. We look at them and are in shock at how unbelieving someone can get. Little and by this I mean, very little do we realize that the same thing that ate them up, is the same thing that is feeding the life out of us, COMPLAINING. These guys complained at everything, the very first sight of a lack got them into complaining which caused them to forget. Oh we always wonder why they were quick to forget. Little do we realize that we are blinded by the same vice, complaining.
The truth is God is always, He is always very visibly working in our lives, and that’s for a fact. When you sit down and just ponder upon your life, you will realise that surely, God has been with you, you will begin to see things that only could have been done by your Father who loves you. When you look at your life, you will realise that there is always something to thank God for, always. Just like there will always be something to complain about, there will surely always be something to be thankful for.
Imagine if instead of complaining we thanked God, Oh how much light there would be. Imagine if the children of Israel had instead thanked and formed a habit of being thankful, how much faith this would release, or what little time they spend in the desert, or rather what little time we would spend with that insufficiency. So we find that being thankful is as strong or even stronger than complaining. If only we made a habit of always in all circumstances being thankful to God, how much light and how much clearer we would view life and how easier it would be to trust in God.