When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. – Deuteronomy 8:10
Hundreds of thousands are homeless and are starved of life’s basic necessities like good food and clean water. It seems the world is full of such imbalances – on one hand are people who have abundance and on the other, those who are in abject lack. We may never be able to fully explain why this seeming imbalance is so, except for the fact that we know there is a devil that comes to steal, kill and destroy.
If you are reading this on a mobile device or computer, you most definitely are on the ‘right’ side of the balance, you have food, you have clothes and a roof over your head. All these calls for loud celebrations, yet humble reflection, considering what life on the other side of the balance is like. I don’t even want to imagine that people, children, die daily for lack of food…Lord have mercy! All you and I complain about is how a meal is too salty, lacks enough spice, or is too watery. Again, our children throw a tantrum because what they have at home is evaporated milk and not their favorite powdered milk.
Moses told the Israelites that if you ever have food to eat to your satisfaction, do not forget to bless the Lord, for it is His doing. If you have some jewelries – costume or real gold – it came by the Lord’s hand. If you have a parcel of land, God gave it to you. If your herds are multiplying (or your business is doing well), thank God that you even have a business, a job or a herd of livestock.
Our main text shows us that it is possible to have all these benefits from God and still forget to thank Him – and many of us are guilty of that!
Today therefore, as mundane as it sounds, thank God for food, for clothes in your wardrobe, for a place to stay, for the ability to pay your bills, for even water to drink – these things are not a right, they are a privilege given to us by our God of Mercy…Jehovah Jireh. May His name be forever praised.
In appreciation of His provisions, #IDareYou to testify and thank Him for the great blessings He has brought your way. Also, look for a family on the other side of the balance…and from your abundance, do something #unforgettable for them as a sign of gratitude to God. Remember, it is the Lord who has given you the power to prosper.
Psalm 23, Matthew 6:31-32 and Romans 8:32
Make a conscious effort to thank God for all-round provision, no matter how small it may seem.