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 forefathers, as it is today.
— Deuteronomy 8:18
As we enter the month often associated in the USA with giving
thanks, this reminder from Moses is an important one! We so easily
forget to give thanks when things are going well. It’s easy for us
to whine and ask God to help us when we are in trouble, but we
often feel like we “deserve” the good things that happen to us. God
reminds us that what we have is simply a confirmation of his grace
and his faithfulness to do what he has said. We need to remind
ourselves, and each other, that the blessings we have come from his
hand and not because we deserved them more than someone else.
Generous Father, forgive me for my forgetfulness. Deep down I
know I don’t deserve all the good things you have poured into my
life, yet I sometimes find myself thinking that I’ve earned them.
Use your Spirit to forge in me a heart like Jesus’ heart, who did
deserve everything good and yet gave it all up to come to earth and
give me the greatest gift imaginable — the gift of your salvation!
Thank you so much for this gift of grace and the many other
undeserved gifts that you have lavished on me. In Jesus’ name I
thank you. Amen.