I can’t help but think about how blessed we are living in America in the 21st century. Most of us have never gone very long without a meal, worried about how to feed our kids or where we will spend the night like 90% of the world does. Recently, I have been convicted on a daily basis of how independent I have become from the Lord. I live my day to day life so richly blessed that I forget that I am not the giver of all good things. I am literally only on the receiving end. It is because of His grace and His mercy that I blessed. All too often, I find myself slipping into the “Well, I have worked hard for this or that” train of thought. I found myself seeing this pattern beginning in my kids as well. We have had many recent conversations about where our comfort, blessings, provision and help come from. All is from the Lord above. Every good thing comes from him. He gives us the physical and mental ability to work for the money we have. He gives us the food on our table and the roof over our heads. He gives us the free gift of life that can’t be earned or purchased, thank you , Jesus! That is hard for adults to understand and truly believe, let alone children but it’s an important part of our faith.
“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches”. Oh Lord, help me to not take credit for the good works you created in advance for me to do and the good things you provide for me.
“But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord. Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh.” Sweet Lord, we thank you and praise you for allowing us the honor and privilege of knowing you. You are a mighty God who wants to be known. You are the giver of life. May the words of my mouth, the mediations of my heart and the actions of my heads be pleasing to you. May these deeds not just be for outward appearance but for you alone, in service and gratitude for all that you are and all that you have done.
“There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you. They are both stupid and foolish. The instruction of idols is but wood. But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.” Jeremiah 10:6-8