God Desires Gratitude

Randy Alcorn’s Eternal Perspectives magazine is always thought provoking. The Fall/Winter Issue 2012 was no different. Some fantastic quotes appeared on a page focused on thanksgiving. Two stood out to me as I prepare for Thanksgiving Day.

“A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” – A.W. Tozer

The Beecher quote convicted me and exposed my “entitlement mentality”. My lack of thanksgiving on a daily basis surely reveals a heart that is proud and focused on getting rather than giving. A key to being thankful is to humble myself. I Chronicles 29:11-12 (TLB) states: “Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord… riches and honor come from you alone… and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength.” I am entitled to nothing. Everything I have is a gift and reveals God’s grace.

The Tozer quote inspired me. God doesn’t want me to repay him (as if I could), but He does desire gratitude. My gratitude is precious to him and I am made richer when I cultivate a heart of gratitude. I recall a Sunday School song, “Count your many blessings, count them one by one.” Simplistic, but good theology.

Thanksgiving Day should be celebrated every day of the year in the heart of a believer because “His mercies are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:23) Nevertheless, this week especially, may our entitlement mentality be exposed; may we recognize God’s amazing grace in every blessing we have received; and may we find ourselves richer because we have cultivated a heart of gratitude toward our gracious God and precious Messiah.

Count your blessings! Happy Thanksgiving!

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