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Ingratitude

Weekly Devotionals

Ingratitude

They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

Exodus 16:1-8

According to Webster’s Dictionary, Ingratitude is defined as: “Forgetfulness of, or poor return for, kindness received.” It can also be defined as not appreciating or valuing what you have, or have been given. Today’s passage is about the ingratitude that Israelites show to God.

After 430 years of slavery to the Egyptians, the Israelites were released from bondage through God’s miraculous intervention. As they left Egypt, God allowed them to collect riches, cattle, food, gold, jewels, and supplies. God performed many miracles as they traveled through the wilderness. He sent pillar of clouds and fire to protect them. He turned the bitter water into sweet so that they could drink. He selected them as His people, promising to take them to a land “filled with milk and honey.” God’s plan for Israelites is not only for them to gain freedom but also for them to possess the promised land: “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey” Exodus 3:8.

However, the Israelites’ grumbled in the wilderness, though God fed, clothed, and led them through it. They were so blatantly ungrateful that they missed the old days in Egypt where they had undergone many hundreds of years of brutal slavery and accused God as the killer: “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” They did not appreciate the amazing blessings that God provided or the many powerful miracles He performed for them.

If we’re uncomfortable or inconvenienced in any way, we complain. It seems so easy for us to forget the blessings that we actually own. The reason because we are so forgetful is that we always want more. We thought that we are deserved more. It is our sin of pride. The root of ingratitude is the prideful heart. However, when we humble ourselves then we can recognize that God is good who gives us what we need. There’s no reason to be ungrateful. There is nothing we lack “Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! “Psalms 34:9

Hope you have a great week with giving thanks to the Lord daily.