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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 18)

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Thanksliving Day 18

Today’s reading is from a letter written by Paul to the church in Corinth, and in it, he reflects back on the journey of the Israelites in the wilderness. He points out 4 specific sins in verses 7-10 that lead to dire consequences for the people of God. Did you catch the sin mentioned in verse 10? Paul admonishes us to “do not grumble.” I have read the account of the Exodus many times but never really focused on the sin of grumbling. It is right up there on the list with sexual immorality, idolatry and testing of God!

Grumbling or complaining is the opposite of thanks-living. It, like gratitude, starts in the heart and expresses itself in our words. But unlike gratitude, it grows from a spirit of discontentment and with not being satisfied with what God has blessed us with. Gratitude is a recurring theme in Paul’s letters… look at what he wrote to the Philippians :”Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” (chapter 2: 14-15)

I tend to be a glass “half-empty” kind of person so this reading about complaining and grumbling is one I can take to heart. I don’t typically grumble out loud but does not mean I am always filled with gratitude. This is something I know I need to work on.

What spirit flows from your heart… is it one of gratitude or one of grumbling?

Gratitude In Action

ocus today on situations that would normally cause you to grumble… where your default reaction would be to complain. Stop and ask God to give you a spirit of thanks in these situations. Keep this up and your default reaction will eventually become one of gratitude and not grumbling.

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Devotional Scripture

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.