God wants to give us His peace. The Hebrew word is shalom and it means a deep tranquility found in a personal relationship with Jesus that is greater than all external circumstances. Sadly, many people block the shalom God wants them to have.
The “shalom cycle” looks like this…
Our gratitude for the things God has done fuels our faith in God’s future grace. That faith-filled expectation serves as fuel for our prayers, and answered prayer gives us even more for which we can give thanks.
But the shalom cycle can break down when we forget to be thankful. My friend Scott Troost says that ungrateful people are usually characterized by—
- Being bitter and unforgiving
- Constantly attending their own pity parties
- Struggling with low self-esteem
- Being greedy and covetous for the things they don’t have
Scott goes on to explain how we can stop the grumbling ingratitude from derailing the shalom cycle.
- Be thankful for what you have, instead of wishing for things you don’t have (Philippians 2:14).
- Keep a gratitude journal of all that God has done for you (Habakkuk 3:2).
- Notice how God has given you strength to make it through challenging times in the past (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
“There’s a huge difference between being thankful for something and being thankful in something. We are to be thankful always.” —Scott Troost
As I talked about last week—we need to think about what we’re thinking about. This is the key to spotting those grumbling, ungrateful thoughts before they derail the cycle and rob us of God’s shalom.