The Pride Of Ingratitude

There is a parable of ten lepers that were cleansed. Luke 17:11-19 is the narrative. Verse 13 says that they all lifted up their voices for Jesus to have mercy on them.

In verse 14 He told them to go show themselves to the priests. As they went, they were cleansed. Verse 15 says, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God.”

In verse 17 Jesus asked where the other nine were. They were healed just like the Samaritan but they went on their way with ungrateful hearts.

Prides resists God’s way. The children of Israel complained, murmured, and were very discontent. Numbers 11 is a startling account.

God delivered His people from the Egyptians. There were in severe bondage and their cry came up before the Lord. Yet, when things didn’t go their way they looked back to what use to be. Of course, they totally forgot the fact that they were abused and mistreated.

Numbers 11:4-5 says, “Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate so freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.

Pride looks inward, but humility looks to the Lord. We are inept and helpless in our own strength. Pride seeks to achieve through self-effort.

Do you know why the children of Israel were looking back to temporary satisfaction? They loathed God’s provision. Verse 6 says, “But now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”

Lack of contentment with what means, and how the Lord is working His purposes in our lives, reveals the pride of ingratitude. His will is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

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