The evidence of God’s grace is everywhere. Psalm 19:1-4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Why do we cross our arms and poke out our lips when God is calling us to give thanks?
We may be offended and bitter. The Israelites were bothered because Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain. While they complained about him they were really angry at God for making them wait.
God never hurries. While we are busy making plans, he’s more focused on fulfilling his purpose in us. Sometimes he presses pause. Our days can start to feel like a long DMV line. We think we see new wrinkles and grey hairs in the mirror. But while we wait God is working. Waiting times are precious opportunities to refocus, redirect, and renew our strength. When he finally calls our number we will mount up on wings like an eagle.
Clinging to our hurts we can’t lift our hands in thanks. God help us to let go and trust him. Let’s forgive those who have offended us so our mouths can be filled with praise.
Sometimes we’re just stubborn and rebellious. Like an old mule, we’re not going to budge. Notice God’s words in Exodus 32:9-10, “‘I have seen these people,’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘and they are a stiff-necked people…’”
We can dig in our heels and refuse to give God the recognition he deserves. That would require acknowledging his power and lordship. And that would mean humbling ourselves and learning how to submit to his authority. The way to power and strength is to stay in control. So, we ignore all God has done so we can fashion our own gods.
Take a walk sometime through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Look through your child’s science book. The theory of evolution is proclaimed as fact with no mention of other possibilities. But as cosmologists dig deeper into the mysteries of the universe they are amazed at the intricate design. Biologists are blown away by the complexity found in a single cell. Everything is interconnected and working in concert. It’s ridiculous to believe all this beauty happened by accident. The evidence for a Creator is everywhere. But our society accepts this because it allows them to remove God from their worldview.
Think about what happens in a marriage relationship when there is a refusal to show gratitude. The husband works all day to make the yard look beautiful, but the wife pulls up in the car and walks on by. The wife prepares a gourmet meal, which the husband enjoys. But he says nothing, wipes his mouth and walks away. This downward spiral of ingratitude takes the marriage to a dark place. It’s the same in our relationship with God.