We are His people and much like the Children of Israel we tend to complain. Even when things are going good we can find something to complain about.
We are His sheep. Sheep are dumb animals, they will bite the hand that feeds them, wonder away and get lost, even follow each other off a cliff. They need a shepherd that tenderly loves and cares for them. We are not that much differentt. We will tell God that He has it all wrong and do our own thing.
Click to Tweet: When we draw close to the Good Shepherd it is in our hearts to thank and praise Him.
It is when we give Him thanks that we are speaking His love language. Recently, I was watching a friend of mine on her morning Periscope. In that scope she read something from Jesus Calling that really ministered to me. I thanked the Lord for how much that ministered to me and said how I would love a copy of it for myself. At my church we are doing a Seceret Sister type of thing. Sunday I got my first gift. When I got home and opened it, to find a leather bound copy of Jesus Calling, with my name engraved on it. I immediately thanked Him for hearing my Request and answering it.
The next thing I did was to look up November 22, here is what it said.
"A thankful attitude opens windows of heave. Spiritual blessings fall freely onto you through those openings into eternity. Moreover, as you look up with a grateful heart, you get glimpses of Glory through those windows. You cannot yet live in heaven, but you can experience foretaste of your ultimate home. Such samples of heavenly fare revive your hope. Thankfulness open you up to these experiences, which then provide further reasons to be grateful. Thus your path becomes an upward spiral: ever increasing in gladness.
Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; it is the language of Love, which enables you to communicate intimately with Me. A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems. Instead, it rejoices in Me, your Savior, in the midst of trials and tribulations. I am your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble.
Ephesians 1-3; Habakkuk 3:17-18; Psalm 46:1"