It’s been almost 6 months since I picked up and moved from Dallas to Philadelphia. What an amazing time it has been! I have experienced so much, and in all of it, the goodness and graciousness of God is truly shown. From night time travels to driving in snow (never did that in Texas!) to growing in the Lord to everything else! His constant protection is so evident, and maybe I’ve become so used to it that I fail to give Him proper thanks.
Lately, I’ve looked at all the things I have amassed in the past few years – clothes, CDs, shoes, books, etc. – and I’ve wondered, Man, if there were a fire, I’d have none of this! I am so used to having a car to get in to drive to a home I stay in to lay in a bed I own. None of these things are promises, nor basics. They are all a blessing from the Lord, a glorious provision of His… luxury even. It is a blessing that I leave in the morning and my car is still there, untouched. It is a blessing that when I get home from work, the house is still here, untouched. I’ve become more proactive (not nearly enough though) in thanking God for the things that I, as a sinner and as an American, take for granted.
Nothing is owed to me… And in this modern brand of Christianity that instructs people to ‘claim what is yours’ in the form of materialism, God is much forgotten.
How can we forget Him ? We become so used to His goodness that it becomes nothing to us. We’re so used to the fact that He’s so gracious that we overlook Him, paying attention to things that He in His goodness has allowed us to have.
We forget how amazing and marvelous it is that such a Holy God as He would desire to give good gifts to His children.
Let us make it a point to give thanks as the Holy Scriptures have instructed us to do.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV
… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
May this be our sincere attitude:
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
Psalms 9:1 ESV
But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
Psalms 79:13 ESV
…. lest we be like those in Romans 1:
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 1:21 ESV
Grace and peace.