II Samuel 7:18 says: “Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, ‘Who am I, O Lord Yahweh, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?'” David spoke these words in the context of the message from God through Nathan the prophet that David was NOT to build a temple for the Lord. David’s response models some of the most important attitudes for a believer’s life: humility and gratitude. Instead of focusing on what God did NOT allow him to do, he chose to thank God for what He had indeed granted him — and that without his deserving it!
This kind of attitude would revolutionize countless lives.
Unfortunately many people have an entitlement attitude, in which they think they deserve more than they have received, and as a result focus almost exclusively on what they do NOT have. This kind of mindset leads to a miserable life of envy and dissatisfaction.
Far better for us — and for those around us! — to adopt David’s attitude: gratefulness because I haven’t deserved anything of what God has given me! So instead of focusing on what we don’t have, let’s give Him thanks for what we DO, which we do NOT deserve! “Count your many blessings”! Begin with His free and undeserved gift of salvation through faith in Jesus (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9) and go on from there. It can be life-altering. Don’t complain about what you lack; thank God for His undeserved gifts. In humility and gratitude we will find contentment and peace.