Taking the Granted for Granted (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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What would happen if the sun didn’t come up to tomorrow? Henry Porter had some thoughts about such a morning. He wrote, “Six o’clock came and no sign of dawn. At seven o’clock there was still no ray of light. At noon it was as black as midnight and no bird sang. There was only the hoot of the owl and the swoop of the bat. Then came the dark hours of the black afternoon. No one slept that night. Some wept, some wrung their hands in anguish. Every church was thronged to its doors with people on their knees. Thus they remained the whole night through. In the morning millions of eager, tear-wet faces turned toward the east. When the sky began to grow red and the sun rose once more, there was a shout of great joy. Now millions of lips said, ‘Bless he Lord, O my soul.’”

What a picture of the way we take things for granted until they are taken from us! With grateful hearts, we ought to remind ourselves often that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17). Jeremiah said that the Lord’s compassion never fail; they are new every morning, and His faithfulness is great (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Knowing that God is faithful, we can say each day, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits (Psalm 68:19). God’s blessings granted to us should never be taken for granted by us. – Richard W. De Haan

When all Thy mercies, O my God,

My rising soul surveys,

Transported with the view, I’m lost

In wonder, love, and praise. – Addison

Don’t become so wrapped up in God’s gifts that you forget the Giver.

  • June 3, 1988, Our Daily Bread
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