I recently spent some time thinking about what bad attitude bothers God the most. I believe it’s an ungrateful attitude.
That’s why I believe we need to take a fresh look at ourselves and the importance of having a thankful attitude toward God.
What the Israelites Couldn’t Figure Out
The Israelites thought their enemies were the reason they couldn’t get to the Promised Land, but it was their attitude that kept them wandering around in the wilderness. (See
Numbers 11 ) All they needed to do was be positive.
Now, think about the things in your life that you were so excited about when God first blessed you—the baby you were praying for, the spouse you longed for, that promotion you tried so hard to get. They may be the very thing you complain about today!
Appreciating Your Time in the Wilderness
You may think it’s a little bit strange to say this, but I think we need to learn to appreciate our trials a lot more than we do because they’re what make us grow and mature in godly character.
You see, in hard times, we tend to experience more of His nearness and power in our lives. It’s in those times that we really come to know Him.
Complaining actually opens a door for the devil. We need to learn to thank God in everything.
I want to have a good attitude because that’s what will glorify God. He has promised that if we will do three simple things—continue to pray, to love Him, and to want His will—that all things will work together for our good (see Romans 8:28 ). That’s a 100 percent, ironclad guarantee that no matter how messy life gets, God will make good out of it. If you want victory in your life, all you have to do is adopt a lifestyle of thanksgiving.
If you can manage to be thankful in every situation, really believing that God is working everything out for your good, you will end up with the victory every single time.