The failure to return thanks for definite blessings received is a manifestation of ingratitude that grieves Jesus Christ.
The atheist may say “I don’t believe in God.” He says it with the breath that God gives him. Having emptied his lungs by saying it once, he must inhale God’s good air to say it again.
We often treat Jesus the way Saul treated David. We want him to slay giants & sing evil spirits away but we don’t want him to be King.
We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
If all be a gift, see the odious ingratitude of men who sin against their giver! God feeds them, and they fight against him; he gives them bread, and they give him affronts. How unworthy is this! Should we not cry shame of him who had a friend always feeding him with money, and yet he should betray and injure him? Thus ungratefully do sinners deal with God; they not only forget his mercies, but abuse them. ‘When I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery [Jer. 5:7].’ Oh, how horrid is it to sin against a bountiful God!–to strike the hands that relieve us!