Day 8 ~ Gratitude and Humility!

Scripture Reading: James 4:6–10

Gratitude is the overflow of a humble heart, just as surely as an ungrateful, complaining spirit flows out of a proud heart. Proud people are wrapped up in themselves. If people or circumstances don’t please or suit them, they are prone to whine or become resentful.
A humble person thinks much of God and others and little of himself. He recognizes that anything he has is better than he deserves. He doesn’t feel anyone owes him anything. He doesn’t feel entitled to have more, or for life to be easy, or for everyone to love him and treat him well. He’s grateful for the least little kindness that’s extended to him, knowing it’s more than he deserves.

Make a list of anything you can recall “whining” about recently. How does your complaining manifest a spirit of pride, entitlement, and expectations?

Then take time to sit quietly before the Lord. Confess any pride that has shown itself in complaining, irritability, anger, or resentment, rather than giving of thanks. Humbly tell Him that you don’t deserve any of His favor, and give Him thanks for any specific recent blessings He brings to mind.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Heavenly Father, so often my default posture is one of pride. Forgive me for my self-focus and fix my heart upon You and others. Help me to think little about and of myself so that there is room for You and for loving people around me. Reset my posture to one of gratitude and teach me to be quick to give thanks for everything. Thank You! 

Life Application:

A couple years ago, God answered a very specific prayer I had for a pet. We had been without a pet for several years, and I really wanted to get a dog. So, I began praying that God would bring us a dog if it was His will. I knew He was capable of doing the impossible, and I trusted that is He wanted us to have a pet He could provide one for us. A few months after I began praying for a dog, we found a stray kitten under our shed. At first I was really wondering why God gave us a cat and not a dog, especially when I'm allergic to cats. But then as the months went by that we had that precious kitten, I began to see the need to be grateful through humility. If God had given me a dog, I would have been proud about it, and boasted of God's ability to answer prayers just like I wanted Him to. But since He gave us a kitten, we were all put into a new situation and we all learned a lot from being able to see the helplessness of a small animal. And when our little kitten got run over by our car, we learned not to take God's gifts for granted, and to experience joy through suffering. " Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out."Romans 11:33-34

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