Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NIV 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.
How many times do we struggle and cry out to God to help us, only to forget about Him once things in life start becoming positive? I can say that I am so guilty of this. I become intwined among the daily activities and prosperous moments that I don’t take time to thank the one that got me there.
I’ve been disciplined so many times by my Father God. The blessed times were amazing- with the ability to provide for my family, enjoy fine things, buy whatever I wanted, whenever I felt like it. It was so easy to become caught up in material desires, and it was so difficult to be satisfied with what I had, and not long for the “better things” that those around me were obtaining.
Once again, I am at a point in my life where everything has been lost. I’m battling chronic illnesses, attempting to find the energy to complete simple tasks, and watching as my husband and children struggle each day with basic needs.
I don’t believe that God wants us to hurt like this. I believe He is a parent that longs for his children to succeed and prosper. However, like children, we take for granted what is provided to us and forget to keep a thankful heart.
Wherever you are at in life right now, stop for a moment. Close your eyes. Breathe in the fresh air and start thanking your Father for surrounding you with air, clothing, shelter, food, and other people who care for you.
Look at the simple things and thank Him.
Look at the major blessings in your life and thank Him.
Look at your struggles, and thank Him because they make us stronger.