Remember how Eve was lured by the desire for “MORE!” in Genesis 3?

Where did that start?

I think the starting place is familiar to all of us. It’s in the desert place of ingratitude.

Ingratitude really is a desert place—it sucks all joy out of life because ingratitude is blind to the good gifts of the Father.

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you .  .  . (Genesis 1:27–29)

Eve had paradise but wanted “MORE!” God gave her every tree, only withholding one:

From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die. (Genesis 2:16–17) 

But Eve wanted “MORE!”

She experienced all the good things God provided but wanted “MORE!”

Eve’s ingratitude took her from the lush gardens of peaceful contentment and drove her into the wilderness of desolate places.

Always seeking.

Painful longing.

Insatiable hunger.

Empty dreams.

The only answer when you realize you’re wandering in the desert of ingratitude is to make an altar. Ingratitude and the craving for “More!” is demolished by gratitude. When I’m thankful for His every gift, ingratitude and evil craving is swallowed in the wake of thanksgiving.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17) 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

How about conquering ingratitude today by giving thanks?

What are you thankful for?


  • Vivian Etherington

    Last night in our Thanksgiving service at church I shared that I am thankful that God does what it takes in our lives to humble us so that we can have intimate fellowship with Him. I read this verse from Psalm 138:6 “For though The LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he know from afar.” I am thankful that He desires relationship with me and brings things into my life to crush my pride that He might draw near to me!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Oh, Vivian, I love that verse!

    It is so true, when I do not sense His presence, the first place I need to look, is not to question where He went–but where is my heart? He opposes the proud. Although the humbling process is painful, I am so thankful He cares enough for us to crush our pride, to bring us to brokenness, that we might abide in intimate fellowship with Him!

    Thank you for sharing, dear friend!