“’If you will not hear, and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to My name,’ Says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not take it to heart.’” (Malachi 2:2, NKJV).
This verse before us today is a wake-up call to all of us and warns us of the dangers of not appreciating what God has done for us. This original message was delivered to the people of God in the days of Prophet Malachi and it was aimed at a specific group of people: the Priests, Clerics, and Preachers. This is made clear in the preceding verse, Malachi 2:1: “and now, O priests, this commandment is for you.” This commandment also sends a caution message to every believer today. Our new identity in Christ was described by Apostle Peter as follows: “but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” (1st Peter 2:9.
Sadly, we can easily focus on our needs and expectations at the expense of God. The daily pursuit of our own visions and anticipations can blind our eyes to the promises that have been fulfilled already. This attitude slowly leads us away from God, especially if we do not remember to be thankful for all He has done for us already. King David felt obliged to think about the goodness of God towards him and said: “bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:2. We would have expected the benefits mentioned here to include money and other worldly goods but we are wrong! He mentioned many things that we often take for granted, the forgiveness of sins, healing, protection from destruction and and other priceless benefits that cannot be provided by any mortal man or woman.
Ungratefulness attracts the displeasure of God as indicated by our key Bible verse for this message. If we do not acknowledge God who brought us to where we are today, then who will take us to where we are going? Whatever our situation, we should maintain a grateful heart and attitude. The Bible states: “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” . You owe God thanksgiving as long as your breath is still within you. Psalms 150:6 states “ Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”
I Declare: “Father, help me to live daily not forgetting your goodness towards me. I am very sorry for every attitude of ingratitude towards you. Give me by your mercy, an appreciative heart.
Ignite Thought: “It has been said that the sin of ingratitude is more serious than the sin of revenge. With revenge, we return evil for evil, but with ingratitude, we return evil for good.” ~ W. Eugene Hansen