Giving Thanks

When reading Deuteronomy, I think how Moses must have felt when dealing with his people.  He constantly had to remind the Israelites how loving and faithful our God is.  When writing this, Moses was trying to get the people ready to renew the covenant with Joshua.  Deuteronomy is an important book of the bible because it clearly answers the question &How do I develop and maintain a relationship with God?& It draws the people to reflect on what God has done for them and their lives.  This is an important lesson taught and I just want to share it with you all today.

Deuteronomy 29:2-6

“Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land; the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders: but the LORD has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, to this day.  I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes have not grown old on you, and your shoes have not grown old on your feet.  You have not eaten bread, neither have you drunk wine or strong drink; that you may know that I am the LORD your God.”

Just as the people of Israel did not notice how much God was caring for them, we tend to not notice either.  We get caught up in our busy lives of go, go, go.  However, God does take care of us and provides everything we need daily.  We take for granted the food we eat, the clothes on our backs and even the shoes on our feet.  Many of us credit what we have to our hard word forgetting that God has provided for us.  We sometimes fail to recognized God’s hand in the process.  The message I want to share with everyone today is having gratitude for our Lord.  Gratitude enables us to face life understanding the power of our God is behind us.  Having gratitude explains the “heart” behind God’s laws and how everything he does is for our good whether or not we choose to accept it or not.  God reveals to us in His word that His great desire is to bless His people and for us to be grateful for what He has done for us.

Now I ask you all today to think back about your week.  Was is a good week or a bad one in your opinion?  Did you eat?  Did you have a roof over your head?  Did you have clothes on your back or shoes on your feet?  If you can answer any of these questions “yes,” have you given God thanks for giving you life and providing you with your daily needs?  Take today to reflect on everything God has done for you in this past week.  Just say “Thank you Lord” out loud and see how you feel afterwords.  The answer Deuteronomy gives us for “How do I develop and maintain a relationship with God?” is simple.  Give Him thanks for everything He has done for you, and everything He will do for you.  Only by having gratitude will you fully be able to develop and maintain your relationship with God.  Now I pray everyone has a blessed day today.  Good bye!


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