I have often wondered how much people notice God in their lives when things are going great. If I am honest with myself, I would say I don’t notice God in my life enough when life is good and my problems seem few. If you are honest with yourself, you probably would admit the same thing. When life is good we tend to notice God less. It’s as if we don’t see God in our blessings.
The sad part of this is that the reason our life appears so good is because of God. It was James who said, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). Every blessing that we enjoy in life comes not from our own hand, but from the hand of Almighty God. With Thanksgiving Day only hours away, consider some of the blessings in our lives that we often forget come from God.
Think about your health for a moment. Yes, some people have better health than others, but we all have a great deal of health to enjoy. If you’re still breathing, and you must be because you are reading this, then you have a degree of health that some people will no longer have after today. Have you ever taken time to stop and see God in the blessing of your health? He’s there. In fact, we enjoy the measure of health that we do because God has blessed us. When Hezekiah became sick even to the point of death, he prayed, “O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. Oh restore me to health and make me live!” (Isaiah 38:16). Hezekiah knew that the blessing of health was from God. Every day that you wake up healthy and enjoy all that this life has to offer, remember to thank God for the blessing of health that you enjoy.
What about your children if you have any? Aren’t they a blessing from God? The Psalmist said, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5). Here the Psalmist tells us that our children are a heritage from the Lord, and we are blessed to have them. The children that we have in our lives are given to us by God. Every day that you look at your children, you should see the blessing of the Lord.
As I think about blessings that I take for granted, I can’t help but think about the job that I have. I am working with the Karns church of Christ, not because I have accomplished so much on my own, but because God has blessed me with certain talents and abilities that I am able to use for His glory. I am where I am today, not because of who I am or what I have done, but because of who HE is and what HE has done. If you have a job or career in which you are doing well, take time to say a prayer of thanks to God for blessing you with that talent or ability.
I could go on and on about all the blessings in my life, everything from my life to my wife and my family to my friends. God has given me so much in my life that I consider a blessing, as He has blessed you. Let us never lose sight of God in our blessings. We are what we are and we have what we have because of Him!
Now that’s Something to Think About!