Complacency. It’s that feeling you get when things aren’t perfect but they aren’t bad either. They’re kind of in-between.
“Blessed shall be your
basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when
you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.”
(Deuteronomy 28:5-6 NKJV)
The children of Israel were on the brink of the Promised Land and Moses, who would not cross over with them, made his final speech. He reminded them of where God had taken them from. He reminded them of the consequences they faced in the wilderness when they disobeyed God.
Moses recounted all that God expected from them along with the blessings which came with obedience and the curses that came with disobedience. Unfortunately, all the curses were fulfilled. Once the Israelites settled into the Promised Land, they fell into idolatry.
They had no enemies or wars to fight. They had enough food to eat. They were free to do as they chose. They lived in beautiful houses. Life was much better than it had been in Egypt. But they soon forgot God and wanted to be like everyone else around them.
They forgot that the blessings they were experiencing came from God. It was He who made it rain and made the plants grow, not an inanimate idol. It was He who gave them peace from their enemies. It was He who made provision for their present and their future.
Like the children of Israel, we have a lot to say to God when we are in trouble. When things aren’t going well, we seek His presence and prostrate ourselves before Him. God, in His infinite lovingkindness, rescues us from our difficulties because He doesn’t want any of His children to suffer.
But once we get through our difficult time, we turn our backs on Him. Oh, we don’t always do it immediately. For a time after we have been saved we remember to be grateful. We remember to spend time with Him and to honor Him and give Him glory. But as things balance out, we become complacent and lose our gratitude attitude.
Don’t let complacency rob you of your gratitude. Learn to express gratitude as you walk through life’s experiences whether they are good, bad or somewhere in-between.
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