We live in a culture that is truly blessed. Modern medicine, disposable diapers, microwavable dinners…we may not all agree on how good each one of those things are, but I think we can all agree that the many resources we have today make life a little easier, a little safer, and a little less time-consuming.
We aren’t like the Israelites, waiting for God to rain manna down from the sky in order to eat. All we have to do is pop into a local Walmart, grab some food, and wah-lah, dinner is served. But sometimes with all the amazing resources we have, we forget about the God who provided it.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Psalm 103:2 NIV, emphasis mine
My husband and I have done gentle sleep training with both our kids and we’ve had great success with it. When my second son started sleeping longer stretches at night, I did a lot of happy dances because the sleep training methods were working.
But in my quiet time, I heard a small, still voice whisper a gentle, but convicting truth to my soul: If it were not for My grace, what would you have?
“Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!” 1 Chronicles 29:14b NIV, emphasis mine
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like many of us get caught up in our physical world so easily. We forget The Man behind the curtain and start praising the big, green Oz in front of us.
A medication starts healing our illness and all of a sudden we become number one fans, proclaiming the amazing benefits to all our peers. A book teaches us techniques – how to help our child succeed, how to loose weight and live a healthier life, how to better our marriage – and when it works, we share the book every chance we get.
But, what about God? What about The One who made it possible for anything to be good, helpful, or beneficial? What about The One who created all things?
“For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” Romans 11:36 NLT, emphasis mine
Please don’t get me wrong. I am definitely not saying that sharing something that’s worked for you is bad. In fact, I truly believe that God can and does use things like medication or books to bless us, to heal us, to help us, and to grow us.
But, we must never forget the who behind the what. We must not let what we see be the object of our praise. We must continually remember that God is the only reason any good is seen on this earth. He is the one and only source of our many, many blessings.
“Every good gift bestowed, every perfect gift received comes to us from above, courtesy of the Father…” James 1:17 VOICE, emphasis mine
Whatever it is in your life that you find yourself praising, I’d like to challenge you. The wisdom He gave the doctor you saw, the plants He created to give us organic food, the knowledge behind the brains who’ve researched and found a solution – whatever it may be, let’s not forget to praise Him.
let’s put God back on the throne He belongs. Let’s give Him all the glory He has always deserved. And Let’s never forget the source behind our abundant life – a life He so gracefully gives to us over and over again.
“Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.” John 1:16 GNT
“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.” Ephesians 5:19b-20a NIV, emphasis mine