Text: 1 Samuel 25:4-11
“What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me?”
A Yoruba proverb says, “A dog does not forget its morning benefactor”. Someone magnanimously gave us his adult ‘Babo’ dog to help guard one of our outfits. Now, even after about a year of being separated from its original owner, at every slight opportunity, it escapes and traces its way to return to its owner, who is about 2km away! The dog never forgets the early years’ benefits!
Friends, if dogs can be as grateful as never to forget, why will man, a higher creature, forget? Forgetfulness of past benefits is a serious sign of ingratitude before God (Rom 1:21). You can’t be grateful to God when you don’t acknowledge the instruments that God employed for your benefits. Some people are too quick to forget the past.They despise the goodness and the kindness of the past and count them as nothing. This is a sign of the last days.The Bible says that men will be unthankful (2 Tim 3:2).Such was Nabal in our text today. He was not only forgetful but he rewarded good with evil! (1Sam 25:10-11). Ingratitude is an attitude and can run in families!
Friends, don’t be caught with the spirit of the last days. Remember your parents who deprived themselves of so many comfort to get you to where you are today. Don’t forget your spouse who stood by you at those trying times. Remember that person who risked his life for you at that challenging time. What about the one who gave you a cover when you were exposed? Remember that provision when you had nothing and now that you have much, don’t say “What did he/she give me? Is it not just that token?” Don’t forget that sacrifice of prayer, of love and of spiritual nurturing. Friends, look back to the past to identify people God used at those critical times of your life and return to show appreciation in any way.
1. Father, give me a heart of gratitude and help me not to forget and despise Your human instruments for my past benefits in Jesus name.
2. I renounce the spirit of ingratitude and I break away from the generation of ungrateful people in Jesus name.
1.I can’t say I am grateful to God when I despise the instruments of His benefits.
2. A grateful attitude doesn’t forget in comfort the benefits received in distress.