Scripture Reading: Romans 1:20–21
A. It is fitting that we take time as a nation to express our gratitude toward those who have made great sacrifices for it.
B. As a holy nation in God’s sight, there ought to be no people as grateful as the members of the Lord’s church.
I. Are we more like the men of Jabesh Gilead or of Keilah?
A. The men of Keilah were ready to betray their savior (1 Samuel 23:1–14).
B. The men of Jabesh Gilead never forgot a kindness shown to them (1 Samuel 31:9–13; cf. 11:1–11).
II. Israel fell from a lofty height because they failed to be grateful.
A. God knew there would be a danger of this after they entered Canaan (Deuteronomy 6:11–12; 8:6–20; 28:47–48).
B. In spite of God’s many warnings, Israel became ungrateful for all His blessings (Numbers 21:5; Deuteronomy 32:6).
C. Among other things, they were ungrateful for God’s deliverance (Judges 8:33–35; 10:11), for His leadership (1 Samuel 8:7–8), and for the roles of service that He assigned to them (Numbers 16:9–10).
D. God sent prophets to rebuke Israel for their ingratitude (Jeremiah 2:4–13; 5:7, 24; Hosea 2:8; 4:7).
A. Because we have more to be thankful for than anyone else, it ought to be impossible for others to outdo us in showing gratitude to God (cf. Luke 17:16).
B. Have you been showing your gratitude through obedience to God and by making good use of the things He has given you?