Today’s Scripture: By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

A man came home from a hard day at work, sat on the couch, and turned on the TV to watch his team. The team was on a losing streak, and judging by the score, it was looking like they were going to keep the streak alive. The man turned off the TV and his wife came in with a big smile saying, “Dinner is ready.”

The man got up and ate his dinner without saying a word. As he finished his meal, he got up and said to his wife, “The biscuits were a little over done.” Then he went to his office, turned on the computer and played solitaire for the rest of the evening.

His wife had worked for hours preparing him a special meal because she knew he was going to have a tough day at work. She, however, did not get one thank you or even a conversation with her husband. Then to top it off, her hard work was rewarded with a complaint. Her husband showed extreme ingratitude.

Before we start judging the husband, let’s examine ourselves. How many times are we guilty of the same thing, not just with ingratitude toward other people, but with God? Jesus Christ demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Not only that, but the Bible says that every good gift comes from above. Literally, everything that we have ever received that was good is from God.

With that in mind, how often do we thank God for the things He has done? To bring it one point further, how often do we go without even talking to God? Are we like the husband that doesn’t show any gratitude, and doesn’t even talk to his wife, but manages to put in a complaint? Are we guilty of not thanking or praying to God, and then complaining to Him for hardships? That is a terrible relationship to have with our Heavenly Father! Why not resolve today to improve our relationships by showing gratitude?

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.