Daily Feast – October 18

Right attitude

...nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. - 1 Corinthians.10:9-11

It is a common saying that your attitude is your altitude. Your approach to life, your perspective or response to life issues will determine where you will get to. Though you are born again with the Holy Ghost in you, even though you confess positively but if your attitude is wrong, you may not make it to the peak God has planned for you. Why is it so? It is because life itself is dynamic; if you do not move with life, you will soon be left behind. Many have been left behind and are now complaining. Do not complain or blame others for whatever happens; it is what you give out that comes back to you.

In the days of Moses, about two million Jews left Egypt but only few of them got to the promised land because of their wrong attitude. All through the journey, the Israelites kept on complaining and murmuring until God's anger came on them. Many times, we read about Abraham being called by God and we often think it was Abraham that was first called by God. No! Abraham's father, Terah, was first called by God and though he started moving towards the promise land, he changed his mind on the way and stopped moving. (see Genesis 11:31-32, 12:1). Terah died without getting to where God planned for him because he stopped on the way. It was after Terah's death that God now called Abraham. Terah was called by God, lived to be 205 years old but never fulfilled the plan of God for his life. Terah started with God, along the way, he abandoned divine instruction because of the comfort he encountered in Haran. He must have thought “even though God told me to go to Canaan, this place is also good enough to be enjoyed”. This was his attitude until he died, and God saw Abraham, his son, as a replacement.

What are you expecting? Have a positive mind towards your expectation. Somebody has a cup with water but not full. Two people saw the cup of water from different perspectives. One said the cup is half full the other said the cup is half empty. The two of them are right but while one is focusing on the emptiness, the other is looking at what is available. In life, you can either see problems as challenges or you see them as difficulties.

The same problem that Goliath's threat brought to Israelites became an opportunity for a small 17year old boy called David to come to limelight, honour and fame. He attempted what others were running from. In your life, accept difficulties as challenges not as a problem. They will soon be the platform for your rising if you won't quit.

Prayer: I know it is easy to complain, but I will not complain. I won’t create unhappiness around my life. I refuse to be upset or blame others for I am filled up with faith and Joy. In the name of Jesus, I’m anointed with the oil of joy and so there is no room for depression in my life.

Further Reading: Numbers 13: 26-33
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Jeremiah 31:27-32:44; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 25:20-22

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