Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. Proverbs 8:14
Negative emotions give Satan the tools he needs to control me. Wherever you find ingratitude, discontent, jealousy, envy, anger, resentment, coveting, constant complaining, and the relational fractures they bring, there’s no need to look far for a villain. Just say, “Hi, Satan.” He knows that if I am ungrateful in an area of my life, I will have a hard time believing God in that same area. So discontentment is just the opening Satan needs, because I will stay stuck, get frustrated, and be looking for solutions outside of God in that area. Once again it looks like there’s a boy in a man’s body on the warpath, causing all sorts of damage.
Israel received multiple blessings from God during the Exodus; and yet, as God blessed them, His people became more difficult to please, demanding, discontented, and ungrateful. Their example, the apostle Paul told the Corinthians, was given to us as an object lesson on how not to work with God. The key to winning this battle is same today as it was back then: reflect, remember, and say “thank you” continuously.
If you’re a dad you know what it feels like to have ungrateful kids. The miraculous became mundane and indifference replaced gratitude. The fear of the Lord and accountability to God were replaced by presumption and entitlement, which resulted in a causal attitude toward God’s commands.
Father, thank you for your thoughts that warn of discontentment