Deuteronomy 8: 10-18 (NIV) When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Growing up I never really considered all my parents did for me and my siblings. With seven kids going in seven different directions they had to be worn out just trying to keep our schedules straight. Not to mention having to prepare meals, clean clothes, help with homework, etc. Upon reflection, it is amazing that we never doubted that all of our basic needs would be met without a complaint. Mom and Dad worked diligently to handle all these items and I am sure felt overworked and under-appreciated. Surely our parents did not receive anywhere near the gratitude from us that they deserved considering all they provided.
I liken the way I took our earthly parents for granted to the relationship we Christians have with God. Surely God does not receive a portion of the praise and worship He deserves from those of us for whom so much is provided. When you consider that every blessing we receive; beginning with life itself is a direct result of God’s intimate love for us it is surely true that we have all had times when we forget His investment in our lives. I know I have undoubtedly had times when I have taken for granted the ways God has blessed my life.
There is nothing about me that the God who created the universe should find to be of any redeeming value. You see, I know myself. I know the despicable level to which I am capable of descending. I know my thoughts; words and actions can be and have been disgusting in nature. My past is a persistent reminder of the sinful side of me that exists and desperately desires to control all I think, say and do. My pride and selfishness rear their ugly heads again and again as I foolishly attempt to take credit for accomplishments that are only made possible because God “has my back”.
I do not deserve the life I am blessed to live, but thankfully we serve a God who is very loving and forgiving. He intercedes on our behalf due to this immeasurable love, mercy and grace to protect and provide for us in ways we can never measure. Even when we slip-up and allow sin to get us side-tracked, God is always there with the infinite love and forgiveness that only He can offer. So I say; “thank you God” for without you I am nothing and with you I have everything!