Don’t Say “The Blessing!”

Shouldn’t we say “the blessing?” Perhaps not, if is just something Christians are to do. How many recite a formal speech (or prayer) without any real thought of what they are reciting? Are we simply doing our duty as Christians? Are we trying to meet someone’s expectations? Is it a meaningless habit for us to do at meals? If it is the expression of our heart’s gratitude to God for His faithful provision, by all means, give voice to it! If it is only a meaningless practice, don’t waste your time! We may need to put the brakes on our “To Do”-List,” and consider how blessed we are and then give heart-felt thanks to God. The Scriptures tell us in a number of places what God’s will is for us. One such place is I Thessalonians 5:18. We are told, “In (not necessarily for) everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” This includes our food. Suppose that, as of midnight tonight, no more food of any kind will be available for one week. What emotion would you feel for your first good meal? Should we take God’s provision for granted? Satan has accomplished something for his ends, if we can substitute a routine in place of reality. In the chorus of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Thomas O. Chisholm wrote, “Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy hand hath provided-Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” Selah! It is amazing that we can begin our walk with Christ, filled with joy and gratitude; excited about our marvelous new relationship with Him and then let the “daily grind” so capture our attention that we allow the wonder of our salvation to dwindle down to a mere memory. Restore your focus on the things that only a close personal engagement with the Almighty can afford. Then, work the rest of your life around that reality.  Ron

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